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TPD identify man who died from serious injury wreck that closed Wilmot

motorcycle crash Wilmot
Posted at 9:15 AM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 14:01:55-05

TUCSON, Ariz. -Tucson Police have identified 35 year-old Noah J. Duke as the motorcyclist who died following a serious injury wreck that shut down Wilmot on Wednesday morning around 8a.m.

The road reopened in the 1 p.m. hour.

TPD say they were dispatched at 8a.m. and, upon arrival, responded to the intersection and took Duke to the hospital.

Per TPD, Duke was wearing a helmet and taken to Banner UMC, where he died from his injuries. Next of kin were notified.

Earlier, as a result of the crash, TPD shut down Wilmot in both directions from Speedway to Pima as they investigated.

Motorists were advised to take Kolb or Craycroft as alternates during the closure.

Traffic detectives, after talking to witnesses have put together the following:

Duke was riding his white 2008 Suzuki motorcycle northbound on Wilmot Rd. from Speedway Blvd. Witnesses told investigators the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed.

At the same time, a driver in a A gold 1998 Mercedes Benz passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on Wilmot and then tried to make a left turn onto El Dorado. During the turn, the motorcyclist struck the front passenger door of the car.

TPD confirmed that the driver of the Mercedes was not impaired.

Tucson Police and Fire were called to the scene and motorcyclist and the driver was taken to Banner UMC. The driver's injuries were minor, while the motorcyclist's were life-threatening.

TPD says that more information will be known after accident reconstruction is completed. The investigation is still on-going and no arrests or citations have been made.

Fatalities Year-To-Date:

For 2018 - 15 For 2019 - 10
Pedestrian - 7 Pedestrian - 4
Bicycle - 0 Bicycle - 0
Motorcycle - 1 Motorcycle - 4
Vehicle - 6 Vehicle - 2