Motorcycle rider killed in Colorado Springs' 40th fatal crash for calendar year

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Published: Oct. 21, 2018 at 9:32 AM MDT
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A motorcyclist has died from his injuries after crashing above the interstate Saturday afternoon.

The tragedy marks a milestone Springs police officers hoped not to hit -- there have now been 40 fatal crashes in Colorado Springs in a single calendar year. With more than two months left in 2018, the year is only four fatalities away from becoming the deadliest-ever on the roads. 1986 currently holds that distinction, with 43 fatal crashes. Springs police hope it will remain the record-holder.

"Every one of these traffic crashes are incredibly concerning," said Lt. Howard Black, the spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Police say the rider ran a red light while crossing Bijou Street over I-25 just before 1:45 p.m. and hit the side of an oncoming Mercedes.

"The motorcyclist was westbound on Bijou going over I-25 ... the Mercedes was southbound coming up to Bijou, coming up on a green light, passing through the light, at which the motorcyclist struck the vehicle," Black said.

A witness told 11 News she saw the motorcyclist sprawled on the ground after the collision. The rider later died at an area hospital.

Black did not know whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Investigators are also looking into how fast he was going.

He has only been identified as a 50-year-old man.