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Police say man killed in motorcycle crash was riding stolen bike

Published: Wednesday, May 29 2013 9:19 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — A man riding a motorcycle that had been reported missing Wednesday was killed when the bullet bike collided with a car.

The man in his 40s was heading south on West Temple near 1400 South when it collided with a car, initially believed to have been turning out of parking lot, said Salt Lake City Police Lt. Josh Scharman.

The man on the motorcycle was believed to have been travelling at high speeds when he crashed. His name was not immediately released Wednesday.

The man was driving a black bullet bike with temporary tags that had been reported missing to Unified Police earlier in the day. Police also reported attempting to stop a black bullet bike with temporary tags, though they had not confirmed it was the same motorcycle and driver.

The collision occurred about 6:20 p.m. Paramedics responding to the accident found the man's injuries were critical, and he died at the scene. A helmet was found in the wreckage, but it's uncertain whether the motorcyclist was wearing it, Scharman said.

The two occupants in the car did not require medical attention, though damage to both vehicles was significant, Scharman said.

Police temporarily closed West Temple between 1400 South and 1600 South to reconstruct the accident Wednesday night. Officers were working to determine the speed the bike was travelling when it crashed into the car.

— McKenzie Romero

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