Motorcyclist Killed in North Phoenix After Being Struck by Car

A motorcyclist was reportedly killed after he was struck by a car.Officials from the Phoenix Police Department said recently that a man died following an apparent automobile accident in north Phoenix on Tuesday, October 18.

The Associated Press reports a Phoenix Police Department spokesperson affirmed that a man was driving his motorcycle at about 6 p.m. when he was apparently hit by a motor vehicle.

Police reports indicate the man was pulling out of a private driveway at the time of apparent collision. Phoenix police deputies said they responded to the scene after witnesses heard a loud thud. They declined to release the identity of the man, but said that he was 65 years old.

The alleged automobile collision occurred near the intersection of Cave Creek and Cactus roads, according to a report from The Arizona Republic. Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sergeant Tommy Thompson asserted the man is not believed to have been wearing a helmet at the time of the apparent collision.

Thompson said the man was reportedly driving a white 1999 Tornado motorcycle and that he was pulling out on Cactus Road when he was allegedly struck by a 72-year-old woman who was operating a 2003 Buick LeSabre eastbound on the roadway.

Police reports indicate the man was transported to a local hospital where he later died of injuries sustained as a result of the alleged accident. The woman who was reportedly operating the other car was uninjured, a Phoenix police deputy asserted.

Thompson said the department is continuing to investigate the apparent collision and that investigators did not believe the woman was under the influence of alcohol or other illicit substances. However, he also affirmed police investigators had not determined whether the motorcyclist was impaired at the time of the alleged incident.

In 2010, rear-end collisions were the most common kind of automobile accidents in the state, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s 2010 Crash Fact Summary. Seven hundred and sixty-two people were killed in Arizona last year in crashes; an additional 50,110 were injured during such events, according to state government data.

The number of motorcyclists who were involved in crashes in the state last year stands at 2,735. October served as the peak month for crashes.