New surveillance video may offer new clues to deadly hit-and-run
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - For the first time, 13WHAM is getting a closer look at the moments before a motorcyclist was struck and killed in a hit and run in the City of Rochester. The hit-and-run happened Thursday night May 10.
Surveillance video obtained from a business near the intersection of Lake Avenue and Denise Road captured the crash. It shows a motorcycle, driven by James Garbach, 23, zip past the intersection.
In the top right corner of the screen, the video shows a car coming from the opposite direction make a left-hand turn moments before the motorcyclist approaches. The two vehicles then collide.
The car then backs up and continues heading southbound on Lake, leaving the scene and Garbach on the ground.
People who live in the area said what happened there is tragic and speed is a concern on that stretch of road.
"You won't even see people going 35 miles per hour,” said Blair Monroe, who lives down the street from the crash site. “You'll probably see them going 10 miles, or 15 miles over the speed limit on Lake Ave."
Christopher Dominicos has lived in the neighborhood for a number of years.
"People are being killed, and it's a problem,” he said. "I’ve lived in the community for 20 years. They've been using this (road) as a drag strip down to the beach and showing off their hot rod cars for 20 years plus. I'm upset because now we have loss of life.”
Garbach died from his injuries Saturday.
Balloons, candles and messages from friends remain on the sidewalk near where he was found.
Garbach's sister, Jen, told 13WHAM the whole family is devastated. In a statement, she said:
Jim was an amazing brother, son, uncle and friend. He was funny, laid back, and always great company. Jim was taken from us much too early in his life and under circumstances that just shouldn’t have happened. There are no words to describe the immense devastation our family and all of his friends are experiencing. He may not be here with us, but he will he will be a part of each and every one of us forever.
Police are still searching for the driver of a dark vehicle. No arrests have been made.
It's unclear if RPD is using the surveillance video to look for clues as to who did this. We did, however, see an officer walk in and out of the store that had the footage.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 585-423-9300.