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Rider dies following single motorcycle accident in construction area

Posted at 9:36 AM, Nov 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-13 19:38:40-05

A motorcyclist has died following a single motorcycle collision in a construction area early Sunday morning, according to Sgt. Pete Dugan, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. 

Dugan says just before 1 a.m. officers and members from the Tucson Fire Department responded to a report of a single vehicle motorcycle collision at West Ajo Way and South Kostka Avenue. 

Multiple witnesses on scene directed the first responders to the unconscious motorcyclist. Tucson Fire immediately transported the adult man to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. 

Detectives responded to the scene and were able to determine that the motorcyclist was traveling eastbound in the median lane of West Ajo Way, approaching the intersection of South Kostka Avenue. 

Dugan says there is heavy construction in that area with multiple signs guiding traffic around the road work. 

Detectives determined that as the motorcyclist entered the construction area, he struck a roadway barrier head-on and was thrown from his 1997 Yamaha motorcycle. 

Dugan says speed appears to be a factor in the collision. Officers located a helmet at the scene of the crash, it is unknown whether the motorcyclist was wearing it at the time of the collision.

The motorcyclist's identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification.