PD: Motorcyclist killed in crash was trying to pass turning SUV

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Speed was likely a factor in a deadly crash involving a motorcycle that was trying to pass an SUV.

It happened just before 10 p.m. Sunday on 15th Avenue is just south of Bethany Home Road. The area was closed overnight while police conducted the on-scene portion of their investigation. It reopened shortly before 4:30 a.m. Monday.

According to Sgt. Alan Pfohl of the Phoenix Police Department, the motorcyclist was heading south on 15th Avenue behind an SUV that had slowed to turn right into a driveway. The motorcyclist tried to pass on the right and collided with the SUV as it turned.

Video from the scene showed the SUV, the area just behind its back passenger door caved in where the motorcycle hit. The motorcycle was on its side in the roadway.

While investigators have not released the identity of the motorcyclist, who was pronounced dead on the scene, our crew spoke with some people who told us he was a member of their family.

They said he was a 35-year-old Marine who left active duty about three years ago after several tours. The victim's brother and mother said he was probably on his way to their house.

"Speed is believed to be a factor for the motorcycle," Pfohl said in an email to media outlets. "No impairment [was] found on the driver of the vehicle."  

The driver of the SUV was not injured.

It is not clear if the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

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