A deadly motorcycle crash in East Hampton involved a Portland police cruiser.
It happened on Route 66 in East Hampton early Thursday morning.
According to state police, a motorcyclist struck the cruiser.
The road was closed overnight but reopened just after 7:30 a.m.
State police confirmed that one person was killed. He was later identified as 27-year-old Evan Basso, of East Hampton.
The cruiser involved belonged to the Portland Police Department, police said. The officer suffered minor injuries.
Troopers said the crash occurred near the intersection of Route 151 just before 1:30 a.m.
People who live in the area said many crashes happen all too often.
Channel 3 checked the accident statistics with the Dept. of Transportation in the area. According to the records, there have been 11 crashes in three years in the area.
However, the department said on Route 66 alone, 16,000 cars travel on that road every day. That means more than 5 million cars drive through the area in one year, and over 17 million cars over three years.
Friends say Basso is a father of two.
An investigation is ongoing.
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