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Police: Motorcycle crash victim died of heart attack

August 2, 2013
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer (cknight@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Police have released more information on what led to the death of a St. Lawrence County man who crashed his motorcycle off of state Route 30 last weekend.

Rick Aslanian, 60, of Norfolk, was traveling north on a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle around 1:10 p.m. Saturday when he drove off the east shoulder of Route 30, near the intersection with Panther Mountain Road in the town of Harrietstown, and went down a small embankment. The bike turned on its side and Aslanian was ejected.

"He probably suffered a medical emergency prior to the accident, which caused the accident," said state Trooper Tim Durkee, who investigated the crash and received the medical examiner's report on it Thursday. "That's what the theory is. He was alive at the accident scene and on the way to the hospital, then died later at the hospital from a heart attack."

Durkee said no autopsy was performed because Aslanian had an extensive medical history.

He was traveling with another motorcyclist at the time of the crash and was wearing a helmet, Durkee said.

The crash was reported by a pair of witnesses from Fulton County who were later arrested after police discovered they were allegedly smuggling more than 10,000 untaxed cigarettes in their car.

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