HUDSON — State police on Thursday identified the man killed when his motorcycle collided with a car in Hudson on Wednesday.

Thomas Golden, 37, of Copake, was pronounced dead in the emergency room of Columbia Memorial Health, where he was taken after the accident on Prospect Avenue, near the hospital’s main entrance, state police spokesman Trooper Aaron Hicks said.

Police did not provide the cause of death, but paramedics from Greenport Rescue Squad performed CPR on Golden on the hospital sidewalk immediately following the crash, Hicks said.

The motorcycle was traveling west on Prospect Avenue when it collided with a car turning onto Prospect Avenue from the hospital parking lot, Hicks said.

The driver of the car, a 22-year-old man from Catskill, was taken to Columbia Memorial with unspecified injuries, Hicks said. Police have not identified him.

A state trooper who was assisting paramedics was treated at Columbia Memorial for exposure because he came in contact with the victim’s blood, Hicks said.

Police cannot comment on what took place before the accident, Hicks said Thursday.

“Events that led up to the accident are still under investigation by state police BCI,” Hicks said.

The BCI is the state police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The accident happened at about 2 p.m. Wednesday near the main entrance of Columbia Memorial Health. The motorcycle was engulfed in flames following the crash and was put out by a fire extinguisher. Hospital staff assisted paramedics at the accident scene.

Prospect Avenue was closed for four hours between Warren Street and Columbia Turnpike while state police investigated the accident.

Wednesday’s crash was the third fatal motorcycle accident in the Twin Counties this year. A Ghent man died April 25, when he collided with a tractor trailer on Route 23A in Haines Falls, and a Hopewell Junction man was killed June 23, after an accident with a dump truck on Route 9H in Claverack.

The Hudson Fire Department and Greenport Rescue Squad responded to the accident at 2:03 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters assisted police with traffic control. Hudson police assisted state police with the early stages of the investigation.

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