A driver lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown off it to his death, then the bike kept flying down the Grand Central Parkway and struck two more cars, setting one of them on fire, police said.
The 25-year-old motorcyclist died in the early Sunday crash near exit 9 in Corona, the NYPD said.
The driver of the first car that was struck, a 59-year-old woman, suffered minor neck and back pain, police said.
The driver of the second vehicle, a 50-year-old woman, escaped before her car caught fire, police said.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, another motorcyclist died in a crash on the Garden State Parkway.
Jesus Delhaya was riding northbound near milemarker 127 in Sayreville when the crash occurred around 10:25 p.m. Saturday.
Authorities say the motorcycle driven by the 39-year-old Elizabeth man struck the rear of the car. The impact threw Delhaya from the motorcycle and he was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
The car's driver was alone in the vehicle and reported head and neck pain following the crash. The driver's name was not disclosed.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.