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Show-Off Motorcyclist Dies after Popping a Wheelie and Slamming into SUV

A Brooklyn motorcyclist has died in an ill-fated attempt to show off.

Aton Austin, 38, was riding his 2017 Kawasaki along Rockaway Parkway Sunday evening when he decided to pop a wheelie in an apparent effort to impress onlookers, police say. Moments after he lifted his front wheel off the ground, he crashed into an SUV that had stopped in the left-turn lane, according to an NYPD incident report.

Austin, a father of four, suffered severe head trauma in the crash and was pronounced dead after being transported to a nearby hospital, police say. “He was very loving and he was very well-loved,” says Austin’s aunt, Marlene Daniels. “He has a big family — lots of aunts, uncles, cousins — that misses him.”

Please be careful out there.

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