Cortlandt Man Killed on Motorcycle in Crash in Yorktown

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A Cortlandt man was killed Thursday at the intersection of Route 202 and Garden Lane in Yorktown after he collided on a motorcycle with an SUV.

Jack Baknezian, 24, was pronounced dead at NY Presbyterian-Hudson Valley Hospital following the accident that occurred at about 11:12 a.m. October 20. According to Yorktown Police, the 2002 Nissan Pathfinder and Baknezian, operating a 2016 BMW motorcycle, were both traveling west on 202 when the Nissan attempted to make a left turn on to Garden Lane near the diner.

Baknezian reportedly struck the front door on the driver’s side of the Nissan and was ejected from his motorcycle. The driver of the SUV was not identified.

Baknezian was born June 23, in Cortlandt. He was a carpenter and attended Westchester Community College in Valhalla.

He is survived by his mother, Marianne Harding and stepfather, William Harding of Carmel; grandmother, Joan Carpentieri of Cortlandt; two uncles, Frank (Kelly) Carpentieri of LaGrangeville and John (Tammy) Carpentieri of Wappingers Falls; six cousins, Alyssa, Skylar, Frankie, Sienna, Kendra and Jessa; and other extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Frank Carpentieri in 2013.

A Funeral Mass was held Monday at Holy Spirit Church in Cortlandt, followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.



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