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Fatal crash on Highway 36 following high-speed chase

2:15 PM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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WESTMINSTER - A 31-year-old motorcyclist was killed on the Denver-Boulder Turnpike running from the Colorado State Patrol Monday morning.

The westbound lanes of Highway 36 were closed for five hours between from Federal Boulevard to 140th Avenue during the investigation.

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Broomfield police say a trooper spotted the a 31-year-old man driving a Yamaha FZ1 at a high rate of speed on Interstate 25 near 58th Avenue around 4:30 a.m. The motorcyclist continued onto westbound Highway 36 where the trooper attempted to pull the man over.

The motorcyclist failed to stop and a short pursuit followed. The trooper ended the pursuit near Sheridan Boulevard, but the motorcyclist continued on at a high rate of speed.

Troopers say the Yamaha attempted to pass between two vehicles and struck the passenger side of a vehicle which was in the left lane.

The rider was ejected from the Yamaha and came to rest in the far right lane. The motorcyclist was struck by a westbound 2011 Chevy pickup truck. He was wearing a helmet.

The name of the motorcyclist has not been released. It's not clear if drugs or alcohol were a factor.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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