[UPDATE] Investigation Closed on Fatal Rome Motorcycle Crash in November
UPDATE: 02/28/2022 1428 The Rome Police Department says that the investigation into the fatal crash that took place on November 7, 2021 has been completed.
The investigation by the department's Accident Reconstruction Unit along with the Detectives Division led to a conclusion that "the motorcycle rider has been determined to be at fault for the crash, with the speed of the motorcycle at the time of the crash being a significant factor."
The Rome Police Department says that there will be no charges for the other driver, identified as Joyl L. Hamilton of Rome.
Authorities are asking members of the public to keep the families of both Joyl Hamilton and Michael Bianca in their thoughts during what is a difficult time for all involved.
UPDATE: 11/13/2021 9:40am The Rome Police Department is now identifying the driver of the motorcycle in the crash as 33-year-old Michael J. Bianca of Utica. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Police are asking any witnesses to come forward. Businesses in the area with cameras are being asked to forward any surveillance footage that may be helpful to police.
UPDATE: 11/08/2021 11:04am Rome Police are asking for help from the public in their investigation of a motorcycle accident that took place over the weekend.
Police were called to the 1100 block of Erie Boulevard for reports of a crash involving a car and a motorcycle on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at approximately 3:00pm.
The driver of the motorcycle was dead when officers arrived. Rome Police say that investigation has determined that the driver of the motorcycle was heading west on Erie Boulevard West and the car, an SUV, was leaving Westgate Plaza to travel east on Erie Boulevard.
Lt. Sharon Rood with the Rome Police says that no information will be released regarding the identity of either of the drivers pending notification of families and others.
The Rome Police Department's Detective Division and Accident Reconstruction Unit are still working and investigation remains active.
Police are asking any witnesses and nearby businesses to step forward with any information or surveillance footage. Those with information should contact: Detective Robert Galluppi at (315) 339-7716, the Rome Police Departments TIP line at (315) 339-7744, or Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers at 1(866)730-8477 or www.p3tips.com.
UPDATE: 11/08/2021 9:34am Multiple police sources say that their investigation is continuing. Rome Police expect to release more information this morning.
Police are still investigating a motorcycle crash that occurred on Erie Boulevard on Sunday.
Very little information, including the identity of the driver, has been released.
The crash took place at about 3 o’clock on November 7, 2021 on Erie Boulevard.
A portion of the southbound lanes of Route 46 was closed off to drivers.
The Rome Police Department says the accident is still under investigation.
[Author's Note: This post is informational only and is based largely on a press release from the Rome Police Department. WIBX has contacted authorities for an update but none are available at this time.]