2008-07-11 / Top Stories

MVA Sends Biker To Surgery

By Howard Schwach

In any motor vehicle accident involving an automobile and a motorcycle, the biker always gets the worst of the deal, as a Long Beach man found out on July 4 when his motorcycle tangled with a 2000 Nissan Maxima in what police are terming a "high speed accident."

The two were attempting to access the eastbound ramp of the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Police records show that Basil Donato, 20, of Michigan Street in Long Beach, was heading eastbound "at a high rate of speed" on Beach Channel Drive at about 6:05 p.m. on Independence Day, when he was cut off by the Nissan, driven by Jose Lovo, who will be 40 on July 13.

Lovo, who lives on Northern Boulevard in Flushing, was reportedly also driving eastbound on Beach Channel Drive, attempting to transition from the Drive to the bridge ramp.

Police say that eyewitnesses told them that Lovo cut Donato off while both were exiting Beach Channel Drive to the bridge ramp, crossing the lines marked on the Drive and slamming into the motorcyclist.

Lovo was given a Breathalyzer test by police officers from the Accident Investigation Squad, stationed at the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills. But he reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.00 percent, showing that he had no alcohol whatsoever in his blood.

Donato was transported to the trauma center at Jamaica Hospital by the city's Emergency Medical Service ambulance.

Police officials said that Donato was rushed to surgery for severe head injuries.

On Tuesday, the hospital told The Wave that Donato remains in "guarded condition" in the hospital's Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

No charges have been brought against Lovo, who remained at the scene of the accident and answered questions from police investigators. Police sources said the incident would be classified as an accident.

On wednesday, officials at Jamaica Hospital declined to comment on Donato's condition.

One police source said that there have been a series of accidents near the bridge ramps, both east and west bound, since the ramps were reopened by the Department of Transportation last month.

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