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Sep 15, 2017 9:20 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Man Dies After Crashing Motorcycle In Shinnecock Hills

A picture of Allan Alvarez. His sister Cynthia dressed him in this outfit for his wake, which was held over the weekend.  COURTESY CYNTHIA ALVAREZ
Sep 19, 2017 3:56 PM

An East Hampton resident and Pierson High School graduate died after crashing his motorcycle along County Road 39 in Shinnecock Hills on Thursday night, September 14.

Witnesses told Southampton Town Police that Allan Alvarez, 21, was driving his 2016 Suzuki motorcycle eastbound at a high rate of speed on County Road 39 when he collided with a 2015 Ford Fusion driven by Milos Djurasic, 22, of Southampton, near Greenfield Road at 7:27 p.m. Police said Mr. Djurasic was pulling out from a stop sign on Greenfield Road and turning right onto the highway when the speeding motorcycle slammed into the driver’s side of the car.

Police said when they arrived at the scene, Mr. Alvarez was not breathing, and officers immediately began to perform CPR. Mr. Alvarez then was transported to Southampton Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

Police said no charges were filed against Mr. Djurasic, who was not injured in the accident.

Debris from the violent crash struck a westbound 2011 BMW driven by Laurie Gianelli, 52, of Smithtown, who was not injured.

Mr. Alvarez was remembered at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Saturday and Sunday, and on Monday at St. Andrew’s Church in Sag Harbor.

“He didn’t know gray—he only knew black and white, with everything he did,” his sister, Cynthia Alvarez, 25, who also graduated from Pierson High School, said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “He was about living in the moment: the purest form of everything. It was admirable—and it was scary sometimes.”

A first-generation Mexican-American on his father’s side, and a second-generation Mexican-American on his mother’s side, Mr. Alvarez was said by his family to have possessed great passion and independence.

A mechanical bug had been fostered by a high school BOCES program in auto mechanics—and motorcycles were his latest infatuation. “It was pretty recent,” Ms. Alvarez said.

“Allan really liked to live on the edge,” his sister added. “He was always a free spirit, even though sometimes that would get him in trouble.”

In December 2015, when he was 19 years, he was arrested for possession of paraphernalia and drugs, according to his sister. “He took the hit for a lot of his friends,” she said. “He always had the back of his friends. A little too much sometimes.”

After being sentenced to mandatory rehabilitation at Phoenix House in Wainscott, Mr. Alvarez took a serious shine to a long-held interest in cooking, often feeding the group of over 40 men when the regular chef was absent.

Memelitas, a thick, tortilla-like dish with raised edges, was his favorite. Mr. Alvarez’s sister said he served it for dinner every other day as the resident family chef, making sure that it was extra spicy. In fact, she said, he never left the house without a bottle of Cholula or Tabasco in his backpack, in case the occasion called for some heat.

Dancing and boxing were his other two hobbies. He was in the process of learning cumbia, a Latin American dance infused with Caribbean and African influences, and had been introduced to boxing by a Pierson High School security guard.

When he completed rehab, Ms. Alvarez noticed a drastic change in her brother’s demeanor. “He was so much more open,” she said, adding that her brother would occasionally speak, tears streaming, for nearby youth groups in an attempt to inspire the kids to take the right path.

“He would tell them, ‘If you ever feel like you’re in a dark place, you’re not. There’s always someone out there for you. This is real talk,’” Ms. Alvarez said.

Mr. Alvarez was working with his father at James H. Lynch Irrigation of Southampton. He had briefly spent time at Suffolk County Community College and more recently was contemplating enrolling into a culinary arts school.

And, just this week, an Army officer called the Alvarez house asking to speak to Mr. Alvarez, who was considering enlisting.

Although he was known as well-mannered and affable, Mr. Alvarez did garner a local reputation for being a “rebel type kid” due to his legal troubles and adrenaline-fueled actions, Ms. Alvarez said. But she added that beneath he was a sensitive, loving young man.

“Many people in the community knew him as this bad-ass kid who did all this crazy stuff,” Ms. Alvarez said. “And by ‘crazy’ I mean, most of the time, illegal. But we grew up with him. He was my baby brother. He was such a sweet kid. He was a little shit too—I mean, he’s a brother—but he was just so loving.”

His dog, Junior, a 4-year-old, 90-pound chocolate pit-bull mix, was “beloved” by her brother, Ms. Alvarez said. And that soft spot carried over—he wouldn’t hesitate to stop to assist a turtle in crossing the highway or to adopt a baby squirrel and nurse it back to health.

“His heart is encased in clear, bulletproof glass,” Ms. Alvarez said. “But once you penetrate it, it’s just marshmallow inside.”

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This is a tragic story and I don't mean to cast negative thoughts about the victim of this accident but it has been my experience - in East Hampton as well as on the Long Island Expressway - that motorcycle riders tend to drive much faster than the posted speed and cut in and out of traffic between cars because the small narrow "footprint" of their vehicle allows them to do so. However, it is my understanding that doing so is illegal and so is speeding so while I pause to acknowledge that tragic ...more
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Sep 16, 17 10:58 PM
Rich, It is very nice to know that you obey the 35 MPH speed limit on County Road 39. You must be the only person that drives at the speed limit on County Road 39, because I drive at 45 Mph and I get passed constantly... Not by motorcycles, but by cars. I certainly hope you are not a hypocrite and also speed down route 39 above 35mph.
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Sep 17, 17 8:22 AM
I always drive the speed limit on County Rd 39, You wouldn't believe how many vehicles give me the finger!
By RLinc (4), southampton on Sep 17, 17 9:25 AM
I live in Hampton Bays and have worked on County Road 39 for 25+ years, I do the speed limit and love when a "company" vehicle rides up on me, passes too closely and gives me the finger, all while the name and phone number are plastered on the side of the truck. Sometimes I do call (hands free) and inform said company regarding the people who represent their company! Slow down!

By Bond007 (22), Hampton Bays on Sep 18, 17 11:35 AM
Condolences to the family. County Rd 39 is simply dangerous .Please be mindful of motorcycles at night. Their headlights can line up with the car behind them causing you to misjudge what your are seeing.
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Sep 20, 17 7:13 AM
What about Mr. Djurasic, Minding his own business when this kid slams into him.I feel bad for Mr. Djurasic.
By hellojoe (3), southampton on Sep 21, 17 4:01 PM
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Operating Room doctors and nurses have a name for motorcyclists: ORGAN DONORS. No airbags or seat belts on a bike. As Bruce Springsteen sings: suicide machines. RIP Allan.
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Sep 27, 17 7:36 PM
Those of us who ride know an organ donor when we see one.

Most cyclists aren't.

Have a nice day.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 27, 17 8:26 PM
Z, what does an organ donor look like?
By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Sep 27, 17 9:15 PM