A Canadian motorcyclist and a woman from Herkimer, N.Y., were killed Sunday afternoon in a collision on Lundy's Lane.
Witnesses said several youths on motorcycles were peeling away from a stop light, "cat-walking" their bikes on one wheel, when a Lincoln made a left turn in front of the lead bike and was struck broadside.
"They were really moving it, revving it," said Eva Szijarto, the desk clerk at the Flamingo Motel at 7701 Lundy's Lane, where the Americans were staying. The motel is near Beaverdams Road.
Ms. Szijarto said she was opening her car door outside the motel at 3:30 p.m. when she heard a "loud rumbling noise." Looking up, she saw half a dozen or more motorcycles racing away from a nearby intersection.
"They were going west on Lundy's Lane, and the (eastbound) car was turning left into the Flamingo," she said. "The first cycle cartwheeled and started to ignite. They put it out with a fire extinguisher. The car was also hit by the second cycle."
A woman seated on the passenger side died, and three other victims were taken to Greater Niagara General Hospital.
The Niagara Regional Police withheld the names of the victims but said that the dead cyclist was 30 years old and from Cayuga, Ont., and the Herkimer woman was 74.