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Father of 3 killed as he loses control of motorcycle

A 29-year-old father of three was killed Saturday afternoon after he lost control of his motorcycle while trying to avoid a vehicle at Genesee and Johnson streets, according to the motorcyclist traveling with him at the time of the crash.

Shafid Quintero -- who, according to witnesses, was driving his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-1200 at very high speed -- locked his rear brakes to avoid hitting a vehicle.

The car, according to witnesses, had stopped at the stop sign, but had advanced out into Genesee to determine whether it was clear to turn out.

Quintero, of Buffalo, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the 4:30 p.m. crash.

The Buffalo police Accident Investigation Unit is continuing to look into the crash, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, police spokesman. No charges have been filed.

"[Quintero] pretty much lost control," said a second motorcyclist who had been traveling with Quintero. "When you do that, you lock up the tire, and the tire slid, and the bike started fishtailing."

The second motorcyclist did not want to be identified by name.

Sunday afternoon, a crowd of friends gathered at a makeshift memorial near the scene.

"We were going to get something to eat, and we just wanted to have some fun," said Quintero's friend, who is 26. "We were playing video games at my house one minute, and five minutes later, here you go.

"That's all his blood right there," he added, pointing to the intersection.

Diana Cruz, of Riverside, is the mother of Quintero's three boys. Cruz said she and Quintero split last year but remained friends. They had dinner together Friday with their sons, ages 7, 4 and 2.

"He had dinner with us, spent time with his kids, and that was it," Cruz said. "He was always there for his kids, and we could talk about anything."

Quintero purchased his first motorcycle, a Suzuki GSX-R600, after the death of his mother two years ago, Cruz said.

She said he was caregiver for his 12-year-old brother, whom she described as mentally disabled.

"Shafid fed him, dressed him and sent him to school every morning," Cruz said. "He took him to his clinic appointments. Like I said, Shafid was his father, mother, brother, friend -- everything."

As it began to rain Sunday, the somber crowd dispersed.

"There's a blind spot," said one of Quintero's friends. "Maybe you can do something about this corner -- a traffic signal -- because next time it can be one of us or somebody else."