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A motorcyclist, 20, was killed in a motorcycle accident on 1st North Street and Wolf Street on Syracuse’s north side this afternoon.

The accident occurred just after 3:30 p.m. The driver of the motorcycle suffered serious head injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter, according to investigators at the scene.

The man was allegedly doing “wheelies” on his bike and failed to stop at the stop sign, when he struck another vehicle. The driver of the vehicle did not suffer injuries in the crash, said police.

Motorcycle safety continues to be a problem in most states, with motorcycle fatalities accounting for nearly 13 percent of all fatalities. In 2007, the number of motorcycle passengers or riders killed on the nation’s highways increased by 6.6 percent over the previous year.

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