Motorcyclist killed after crashing into pickup truck near 40th Avenue/Thunderbird

PHOENIX - The driver of a motorcycle is dead after crashing into a pickup truck Tuesday morning.

Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department said authorities responded to the crash near 40th Avenue and Thunderbird after receiving reports of an accident involving a motorcycle.

Police said the driver of the motorcycle, 23-year-old Stephen Walrath, was traveling westbound on Thunderbird road and crashed into a pickup truck that was traveling southbound and turning left onto 41st Avenue.

The driver of the pickup truck is cooperating with authorities, police said. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Authorities said Walrath was wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

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