Sachem Grad Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Anthony LaTorre, 23, dies in crash Monday evening in Ronkonkoma, police say.

A 23-year-old Sachem North graduate was killed in a motorcycle crash in Ronkonkoma Monday evening. 

According to police, Anthony LaTorre was riding a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle southbound on Pond Road at the intersection of Express Drive North when his motorcycle collided with a 2003 Toyota Camry at 5:50 p.m.

LaTorre, of Lake Grove, was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m., police said. 

The driver of the Camry, Annie Vitta, 57, of Holbrook, was also taken to Stony Brook with non-life threatening injuries. 

The investigation is continuing and police are asking anyone with information about the crash to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452.

Jessica cassar August 07, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I don't know him but rip Anthony latorre.
Joseph Meyer August 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM
too young, rest in peace
Junior August 07, 2012 at 08:26 PM
He was an amazing person. Would do anything for anyone at a drop of hat. His smile would light up the room.
Junior August 07, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Rip Anthony Latorre. You'll always be missed.
Donna provenzano Maurer August 07, 2012 at 11:23 PM
R.I.P Anthony Our heartfelt sympathies to the family.
Dominique August 08, 2012 at 12:18 AM
R.I.P Man you will be missed ill be preying for your family
Dominique August 08, 2012 at 12:20 AM
yes he was everyone that i care about are all dying this is bad
MICHAEL August 08, 2012 at 04:25 AM
As the authorities stated, this young man was cut off at the intersection, either the driver of the car DID NOT see Anthony, or she simply just turned in front of him. I would suggest checking HER phone records, and look into the ENTIRE picture of this terrible loss of a very good person, who, was apparently in the wrong place. I do believe people will KNOW the entire truth about this "ACCIDENT"!!!!!!!!! RIP, ANTHONY.
Laura August 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Michael I hope they do exactly what you said!!! He wasn't being an ass and lost his life because someone most likely was NOT paying attention. Anthony was an amazing person and full of life, loved by MANY. RIP Birdman....
Talisa Olivia August 08, 2012 at 04:18 PM
RIP Anthony. You will be missed by everyone that got the chance to know you. It is such a shame to lose a true gentleman that would do anything for anyone. Your legacy will live on through all those who loved you. The Latorre Family will always be in my prayers. Rest easy Anthony.
John Andersen August 08, 2012 at 06:06 PM
RIP my friend . You were truely a great person . You will be missed tremendously
Justin Trinidad August 08, 2012 at 06:12 PM
dam rite he did ...he made everything into a good time
debbie m August 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
RIP, Anthony - what a shame - my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the LaTorre family - it seems like this was a senseless accident.
May Anthony RIP and may his family and friends find solace in the wonderful memories that they have of him. Everyday it seems that their are more and more motorcycle accidents and the tragic loss of life. Our family experienced the loss of our loved on on June 11th 2012 in Patchogue due to a motorcycle accident and our hearts are forever broken by his loss and the suddenness of it all still shocks us. I have never been one to advise people not to ride on motorcycles, but my stance is becoming so clouded due to the many aggressive drivers on Long Island roads. We are losing our loved ones so unnecessarily. If you ride a motorcycle please be sure and wear your helmet, make sure the strap is locked in no matter how uncomfortable and keep yourself aware at all times. Everyone thinks that these accidents can never happen to them. But it does happen. I don't know what the answer is in keeping our loved ones on motorcycles safe...maybe everyone on the roads need to just take it a little easy and those that are aggressive drivers need to just stop and think how life can be changed and taken away so quickly. Wishing all of Anthony's loved ones peace and Blessings ~
Pazi Steklo August 08, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Well said Tracy. Well said.
Aaron Cameron August 08, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Such a loss to everyone who was lucky enough to know you Anthony... RIP, you will be missed!
Donald S. Consiglio August 09, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Hello Mr. Hunter, and to the other writers, My name is Donald , a former Long Island resident from 1960-1990. I am saddened to read about another tragedy, the loss of young Anthony LaTorre, to a motor cycle accident. I did not know him, but my sincere thoughts and prayers go to Anthony's family and friends.There has been a unthinkable large increase in such accidents where so many of our young people are being seriously injured or killed on the roadways throughout the state and elsewhere. We reside in the capital region of New York. My daughter lost a friend to a motor cycle accident two years ago. Many of our young people are being maimed or killed here, almost weekly, it seems. Just recently, on Saturday, a 16 year old was killed in a head on collision in our town. Back in 1967, I almost lost my life on Union Ave. in Ronkonkoma while riding my bike. I thank the Lord every day that I had survived. As concerned citizens we must all be aware of our driving habits, and strive to improve them each time we drive. We have the choices to make, in regards to precaution, safety and given all of this tech today, to not play with such distractions when behind the wheel! Any one of us can hurt or kill someone, or become victims ourselves, due to selfish carelessness. At this time, what words can comfort the LaTorre Family and Friends for their loss? May God Provide them with all of their spiritual, emotional and physical needs, now and over the course of time....Amen
karen destefano August 09, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Thay was well said. There are so many angry agressive drivers on Long Island these days. Either they are hopped up on Red Bull or they are texting or talking on the phone. I don't know what the answer is but the next time you see someone trying to merge into a lane on the Expressway or anywhere for that matter don't speed up so they can't get in front of you. This is something that has become the norm out here. People take heed and calm yourselves down, you'll get to where your going in due time and in one piece. My heart is breaking for this family and they are in my prayers. God bless this boy and his family.
Gregg Alan August 09, 2012 at 07:39 PM
This happened right passed my house. I always see motorcyclists zooming by doing pop a wheelies . Makes me sad that this tragedy occurred . Hopefully other cyclists will ride with caution. Life is too precious. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Anthony Latorre.
big timmy jim August 09, 2012 at 09:09 PM
anyone who gets a bike knows all well there life is in constant danger some people are smarter and realize that. Some parents are smarter as well... You have to be a nut to have a bike on long island the land of the texters and habitual distracted drivers. Regardless of who was at fault it was his own to get on the bike end of story
Brittany August 10, 2012 at 06:49 AM
^his parents never allowed him to own his own bike and it was there biggest fear to have lost him in this way. i see it a bigger issue to be placing blame on anyone when blame will do nothing to bring him back. big timmy jim your comment is very rude, inappropriate and disrespectful to him, his family, and loved ones at this time of mourning and loss. Anthony was a good kid with great family and friends and we are all devastated and THAT is the end of the story.
Brian August 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Rest In Peace Birdman. I know you're watching Over us up there. You have more power now then you ever did down here. My prayers go out to your family.
Jenn August 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Rest in Peace Anthony, I am glad to have had the pleasure of knowing you for the short time we did. Fly High!
shawn connolly August 10, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Big timmy shut your mouth. Rest in peace birdman I love you bro
Lori August 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Although I did not know Anthony I do know he was a 23 yr old young man who lost his life way to early. Maybe you should direct your comments to the texters & habitual distracted drivers that are taking the lives of our children. As Brittany said your comment is rude, inappropriate & disrespectful but then I expect nothing more from someone who calls himself Big Timmy Jim. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Anthony's family and all who are missing him.
CP, LFD August 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Another motorcycle season gone by and my motorcycle sits in the garage untouched due my fear of the agressive and reckless nature of the people on the road and their blatant disregard for motorcyclists. Thanks to them, I no longer go out for a simple, safe and pleasurable ride. - My heart goes out to this young guy and to his grieving family and friends.
KC,Esq. August 11, 2012 at 08:52 PM
It's a shame. Things have calmed down, however I remember when I went to Sachem, 2001 grad, there was an epidemic of young kids dying in car crashes & motorcycle accidents. A 23 year old kid (that's what 23 year olds are today, kids) is not mature enough to have a crotch rocket like the one this poor dude was riding when he was killed. Bikes are nice, but you need to have a full respect & understanding for the power you have under you when you are riding one of them. I value my life way too much to ride one of those things; I still have too much to live for at 29 to have my life taken for looking "fresh" or "swag" on a bike. I wish others would see that too so this type of tragedy stops. Also, where are the parents? I'm sorry, I am sure they're hurting, but there isn't a snowball's chance in hell that I would let my kid ride one of them.
Susan August 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Remove the causes and hurtful comments from your words of sympathy. A precious life was lost, period. This is sad and heartfelt by many. Be peaceful and loving in your thoughts. This is an opportunity for the human soul to shine. My prayers to the Latorre family and also to all- especially the calloused souls that need to be softened.


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