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Flowers and melted candles sit in the median Friday on North Broadway Avenue in Rochester near where 28-year-old Rodney Dwayne Gates was killed when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a car earlier on Wednesday. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

Rochester police have released the names of the people involved in a fatal motorcycle crash Wednesday on North Broadway.

Police said 28-year-old Rodney Dwayne Gates was killed when the custom green motorcycle he was driving collided with a Toyota Prius driven by Emily Mae Hartmann, 22, according to Rochester Police Lt. Mike Sadauskis.

The initial investigation indicates Hartmann was leaving a dental office shortly after 8 a.m. near the intersection of North Broadway Avenue and Northern Heights Drive Northeast when she pulled out in front of Gates. Hartmann told police she did not see the motorcycle, according to Sadauskis.

The Rochester Police Department's Forensic Mapping Unit was sent to investigate. The Rochester Fire Department and Mayo Ambulance also responded. Emergency responders performed CPR on the motorcyclist for about 10 minutes in an effort to revive Gates.

Sadauskis said neither driver had any obvious indications of impairment. The investigation is ongoing. No charges had been filed against Hartmann.

The motorcycle Gates was driving was that of an acquaintance. Sadauskis said Gates was considering buying it. He was not wearing a helmet.

Michael Nord, a coworker of Gates', said that Gates was working on getting his life back together and had just moved into an apartment the day before he died. Nord said he couldn't imagine what Hartmann was going through and took heart knowing Gates had a strong faith.

"I believe in God and I believe in Jesus and I know that he had a relationship with God and that I'll see him again some day," Nord said.