Zachary Fazekas didn’t have a bad bone in his body, according to his fellow members of New Hyde Park Fire Department members.
“He was a complete gentleman, true friend and was on his way to becoming a great firefighter,” a fire department Facebook post states. “We all say that some kids are good kids, but Zach was the definition [of] that.”
Fazekas was killed Saturday morning after a fatal motorcycle crash, New York State police said. He was 19.
Fazekas was on his way to an EMT class in Point Lookout at the time of the accident.
He was riding his Ducati motorcycle a little after 9 a.m. from the Loop Parkway eastbound onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway northbound, police said.
Fazekas “failed to negotiate the curve” and was ejected from his bike, police said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fazekas was an only child and is survived by his parents John and Sara Fazekas.
Sara said she was told Fazekas was wearing his helmet and did nothing illegal at the time of the crash. He hit a patch of sand hard and was killed instantly, she said.
Sara said her son liked to help others.
“He had a lot of friends, he would do anything for his friends,” Sara said. “… He was such a good boy, he was so good.”
Fazekas graduated from New Hyde Park Memorial High School in 2017 and was studying at Nassau Community College.
In a statement, Sewanhaka Central High School District Superintendent Ralph Ferrie said “we were saddened to learn about the tragic death of Zachary Fazekas.”
“We express our deepest condolences to his loved ones as they grieve during this difficult time,” Ferrie said.
He was also an avid hockey fan, and a manager at a local restaurant, Sara said.
According to his fellow fire department members, “there is truly nothing bad you can say about this kid.”
A GoFundMe page was made in Fazeka’s honor to raise funds to help his family. As of Monday evening $3,240 was raised of the $25,000 goal.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the New Hyde Park Funeral Home located at 506 Lakeville Road.
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