Motorcyclist killed in north Phoenix collision, driver in custody for suspected impairment

Posted at 5:54 AM, Jul 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-09 17:36:16-04

A motorcyclist died after a crash with a car in north Phoenix Sunday morning, according to the Phoenix Police Department. 

Police say just after 2 a.m. a motorcyclist was struck from behind as they were both heading westbound on Thunderbird Road toward 7th Street. 

The motorcyclist, a 52-year-old man, was pronounced dead following the collision. 

Police say the driver, a 38-year-old man, was taken into custody for suspected impairment.  

"The driver of the vehicle does appear to be impaired, some of our preliminary tests indicate that and he is currently in our custody," said Sgt. Marcus Allen of the Phoenix Police Department.  

The driver was taken to a hospital for injuries he suffered during the collision, according to police. 

Thunderbird Road will be closed from Cave Creek Road to 7th Street for the next five hours as officers investigate. 

Speed appears to be a factor in the collision as well, police said.  

"A witness did indicate that the driver of the vehicle was coming up with quite a bit of speed," Allen said. "At least the preliminary evidence looks like he struck the motorcycle from behind." 

No further information was immediately available. Stay with ABC15 and for updates on this developing story. 

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