An 18-year-old college student was left lying in the road after being struck by an illegal dirt bike last month in Upstate New York.

Over the last few years, lawmakers across New York have begun to try and crackdown on the number of illegal dirt bikes that are driving on streets. The illegal motorbikes are usually unregistered, uninsured, and oftentimes operated by drivers that don't hold a proper license to operate a motorcycle.

Dirt Bike Accident

Illegal Motorbike Problems Across New York

We told you about the number of these types of bikes driving on streets in Poughkeepsie a while back and wondered how or when authorities were going to come up with a way to try and put an end to the nuisance.

The motorbike problem is not only a Hudson Valley issue it's also a big problem in the Albany portion of the state. Authorities in Albany have tried various methods to combat the problem by increasing patrols and making fines for violators severe. Unfortunately, those methods didn't prevent what many knew was going to happen eventually, a serious accident that almost killed an innocent victim.

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Albany College Student Almost Killed by Illegal Dirt Bike Accident

The accident happened just after midnight on April 27th when 18-year-old Alexa Kropf was struck by a dirt bike that was weaving in and out of traffic on Hudson Avenue according to WTEN. Witnesses told police that a man was weaving a speeding dirt bike in and out of groups of people on the road and that when he struck Kropf she was thrown several feet through the air by the force of the collision.

The male driver in question fled the scene of the accident and Kropf was treated on the scene and sent to Albany Medical Center Hospital where she was placed in a medically induced coma due to her injuries.

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Out of Coma

Thankfully, her father Jim Kropf has told WTEN that she is no longer in a coma and is no longer on a ventilator, and breathing on her own. She remains in critical but stable condition.

The dirt bike driver has yet to be located and police are asking the community for help. If you or someone you know has any information about the accident please call the Albany Police at 518-458-5628.

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If you want to go biking in the Hudson Valley but aren't sure where you can rent a bike or take a bike tour you will want to check out these places for the answers. Some of these shops are also great places to get your current bicycle fixed or even updated.

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