Motorcyclist crashes, dies while exiting Loop 101


by Catherine Holland

Raw video from Chopper 3

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 14 at 12:35 PM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A motorcyclist was killed in an early morning wreck that forced the closure of a portion of 90th Street, as well as the northbound Loop 101 off-ramp Tuesday.

It happened at 5 a.m.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the motorcyclist, an adult male, was heading north on Loop 101 when he exited at 90th Street.

The bike was speeding when it hit the median curb, throwing the rider to the ground, DPS Officer Carrick Cook told 3TV in an email. The riderless motorcycle continued into the westbound lanes of 90th Street, stopping only when it slammed into a pickup truck at that was stopped at the light. That driver of that truck was not injured.

Aerial video from Chopper 3 showed the motorcycle on it side just off the roadway, only feet from the pickup.

The motorcyclist, who has not been identified, died at the scene.

Investigators believe speed was a factor in the crash. DPS has not said if the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

While helmet use is strongly recommended by safety experts and law-enforcement, Arizona law does not require motorcycle operators or passengers who are older than 18 to wear a helmet. ARS 28-964(A), however, does mandate helmet use for drivers and passengers who are younger than 18.

A portion of 90th Street, the northbound Loop 101 off-ramp and the left turn lane of the southbound Loop 101 off-ramp were closed for nearly three hours while police conducted their investigation.

All of the traffic restrictions were lifted by 7:30 a.m.