Police identify 22-year-old motorcyclist killed in Chandler crash

CHANDLER, AZ - Police have identified a motorcyclist who died after his motorcycle crashed into an SUV over the weekend as Anthony Ray Chavez.

Chandler police said an SUV driver was traveling east on Warner Road near Commanche around 2:15 a.m. Sunday when Chavez, 22, collided with his vehicle.

The motorcycle was completely destroyed and left debris scattered as far as 80 yards away, according to police.

According to the Associated Press, authorities say Chavez is a former Marine, but it's still unclear if he's an Arizona resident.

Chase Reno was driving home from a game of bingo with friends when the rear passenger side of his SUV was struck.

"I just got all of a sudden, boom. Something hit me and I wasn't quite sure what. There was nobody on the road. Then I saw the motorcyclist fly past my windshield," said Reno.

Police believe the motorcyclist was driving impaired, and also believe he was going at least 90 miles per hour at the time of the collision.

A street light was also severed at the base and lying in the street as a result of being impacted by the motorcycle.

Police said Chavez was transported to Scottsdale Osborn Trauma Center in extremely critical condition but was pronounced dead at 9 a.m.

The SUV driver and three passengers inside the SUV were injured. There are no signs of impairment with the SUV driver.

Warner Road was shut down for several hours Sunday morning as crews cleared the crash scene.

 

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