Driver going 100mph causes wreck that kills motorcyclistPosted: Updated:
SCOTTSDALE - Police say an early-morning speeder is responsible for the death of a young Scottsdale man.
The collision is being described as "horrific" by witnesses. It happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning near the intersection of Hayden and Thomas Roads.
The crash woke the whole neighborhood up. One witness said it was the most terrifying sound she has ever heard.
Hayden Road was shut down for 9 hours while officers investigated the deadly crash.
The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Justin Thrasher of Scottsdale, was driving the black Nissan Maxima involved in the crash.
Police say Thrasher was driving 100 miles-per-hour down Hayden Road when he hit Bradley Kuhn who was riding a Suzuki motorcycle.
Jacob Battin, a witness the wreck, tells 3TV, "All of a sudden you see a 3-foot wall of flame and where the Shell sign is, there was a huge explosion."
Kuhn, a 26-year-old Scottsdale resident, died instantly in the crash and explosion which echoed through the neighborhood.
Nicole Churchill, who also witnessed the collision, admits, "I couldn't even begin to describe it...gives me chills thinking about it. You could hear the impact and it skidding down the road."
The motorcycle hit the sign with such force and intense heat that the metal on the bike and the sign fused together.
The suspect's car continued out of control after the crash, eventually coming to a rest about 300 yards from the point of impact. The driver and two passengers fled the scene into a nearby apartment complex, but were all eventually caught and arrested.
The driver is facing felony hit and run and manslaughter charges stemming from this deadly crash.