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Deadly motorcycle crash involving Tucson police vehicle

Posted at 3:37 AM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 20:26:06-04

Tucson police are investigating what led up to a deadly motorcycle crash involving a Tucson police vehicle late Monday night.

It happened around 11 p.m. at the intersection of Swan road and Holmes street.

The officer involved in the crash is ok, but the motorcyclist died at the hospital. 

The motorcycle rider has been identified as 24-year-old Christopher Hoffman. 

The officer involved in the collision has been identified as Adam Smith, an eight and a half year veteran of the Tucson Police Department.

According to Tucson Police Department, there were reports of a fight in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot on the corner of Grand and Swan. The motorcyclist was at the scene of the fight. One of the people involved had a baton-like weapon, so TPD called in air support to assist the officers responding on the ground.

The motorcyclist left the scene and was driving down Swan when he crashed into a TPD cruiser making a u-turn into the southbound lanes of Swan road.

The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and landed in the roadway.

We spoke with the motorcyclist's cousins who say he was 22 years old. They said he has a three-month-old baby and a three-year-old child as well. The victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

TPD said a person connected to the incident left in a truck before the officers arrived at the scene. The truck was described as a light-colored Toyota 4x4. It was last seen leaving the parking lot at Dunkin Donuts.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.