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NEWFANE – Niagara County sheriff’s deputies stopped a motorcyclist with a passenger driving in excess of 80 miles an hour in a 40 mile per hour zone at 4:10 p.m. Sunday on Hess Road.

Deputies were checking the site on Hess Road near Ridge Road where there had been a car crash which resulted in a double fatality the previous night. High speed is believed to be a cause of the fatal crash.

Joseph D. Lombardo, 22, of Church Street, was driving with only a motorcycle permit and was charged with operating out of class, driving in a no passing zone, no signal, reckless driving, and speeding violations.

Deputies said Lombardo was passing multiple vehicles in a no passing zone without using turn signals and when they followed the motorcycle he was driving in excess of 80 miles per hour. His passenger was an 18-year-old woman.