A 21-year-old Medford man died Monday, a day after he crashed his motorcycle into the back of a car on Sunrise Highway in East Islip on Sunday evening.

Suffolk County police said Christopher Gonzalez was riding his Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on Route 27 when he rear-ended a Mitsubishi Galant near Exit 46 shortly after 7 p.m.

Gonzalez was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he died.

His passenger, 21-year-old Samantha Negron of Patchogue, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, 63-year-old Mary Paniccia of Shirley, and her 13-year-old grandson, were not injured.

Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded both vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with any information on this crash to call them at 631-852-6555.


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