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Two motorcyclists hospitalized in ECMC after unrelated crashes

Two motorcyclists are hospitalized in Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries after separate, unrelated crashes during the last two days.

The first occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, when motorcyclist Rick D. Schwab, 53, of Lancaster, rear-ended a vehicle on Southwestern Boulevard, near Countryside Lane, Orchard Park police said.

Schwab was ejected from his bike during the crash. Several motorists stopped and performed CPR on him until rescue crews arrived. He was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC with internal injuries and was in critical condition Monday, police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, a 61-year-old Basom man suffered a head injury early Monday when his motorcycle collided with a car on Maple Road and Alberta Drive in Amherst, town police said.

Kevin H. Ayers was in fair condition late Monday in ECMC, where he was taken following the collision at 1:21 a.m.

Amherst Traffic Capt. Patrick M. McKenna said Ayers was charged with driving while intoxicated, passing through a red light and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Ayers, McKenna said, was heading east on Maple on his 2006 Harley-Davidson when Matthew D. James, 22, of Kenmore, turned left off Maple to go south on Alberta.

James, driving a 2003 Hyundai, had a green arrow in the westbound turning lane on Maple at the intersection, according to a witness, police said.

Responding to the scene were the North Bailey Fire Department, Twin City Ambulance and Officer Brian Kern, who issued the charges against Ayers.