Crash Victim Identified as UA Student with Love for Motorcycles

Crash Victim Identified as UA Student with Love for MotorcyclesUniversity of Arizona student Logan Rafeedie was killed in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday, November 8, while traveling on Interstate 19, a route he had taken a number of times before, the Daily Wildcat reports.

According to the news source, Rafeedie studied pre-neurosciences and cognitive science and physiology at the university, and was often found riding his motorcycle. However, KVOA News reports, the student was killed while riding at excessive speeds on Interstate 19. The investigation shows the student allegedly crashed into a car in front of him, and was then thrown from the bike onto the street.

He was rushed to a local hospital by medical helicopter, but was later pronounced dead by medical officials.

The Wildcat reports that students, faculty and coworkers from the Student Recreation Center recalled him as an optimistic person.

“Logan was like a brother to everybody here,” said Jennie Natoli, a psychology junior who worked with Rafeedie. “He literally lived every day like it was his last. He would come in and say, ‘It’s a really nice day today, I think I’ll ride to Flagstaff,’ and he would just get on his motorcycle and go to Flagstaff.”

News of the student’s death led Keith Humphrey, assistant vice president of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, to release a statement about Rafeedie, reminding students that the university has counseling and psychological services to help with the grieving process.

Natoli told the news source that Rafeedie died doing one of his favorite things in life.

“He loved that motorcycle,” she said. “It was all he thought about whenever he was away from it. He died doing something that he really loved to do.”

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 2,735 motorcycle accidents across the state in 2010.