A man from Huntington Station, Long Island, was killed and his wife was injured on Saturday morning in a motorcycle crash.
James Burvenich, 36, was driving the motorcycle and his wife, LeeAnn, 33, was a passenger when the vehicle hit a guard rail on a curve on Patchogue-Holbrook Road shortly after 1 a.m.
Burvenich was speeding when he lost control of the 2004 Honda, Suffolk County police told NBCNewYork.com.
Burvenich was pronounced dead at Stony Brook University Hospital, where his wife is listened in serious condition. The couple were wearing helmets at the time of the crash, according to NBCNewYork.com.
Newsday.com reported that the vehicle was impounded for inspection.
More than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed between 2001 and 2008, and approximately 1,222,000 people were treated in a U.S. emergency room (ER) for a non-fatal motorcycle injury. The number of motorcyclist deaths increased by 55 percent during that time period, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A 2012 report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that motorcyclists are involved in fatal crashes at higher rates than drivers of other vehicles, and that they have a greater chance of being killed in a in a crash than passenger car occupants.
The report also said that despite the increased risks, sales of motorcycles continue to rise.