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Motorcycle rider and passenger die in Thruway collision with car

A traffic accident claimed the life of a motorcyclist and his passenger after they were struck by another vehicle on the New York State Thruway Sunday, June 2, at around 1:10 a.m.

Police officials said 23-year-old Valley Stream resident Rafaelito de Jesus, who was driving a Suzuki motorcycle and had with him 25-year-old Mineola resident Melissa Rupa, was heading north on the Thruway when another vehicle hit them near Exit 16 in Woodbury.

Both de Jesus and Rupa were declared dead on the scene of the accident by responding medical emergency professionals.

Meanwhile, the unharmed and unidentified perpetrator has been charged with vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated.

Police are conducting further investigations to determine the cause of the crash.

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