Police investigating after motorcyclist killed in Mesa crash

Posted at 11:45 AM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 21:44:04-04

Mesa fire officials say a motorcyclist was killed in a crash late Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews arrived on scene near Country Club Drive and Southern Avenue in Mesa after 11 a.m. where a motorcycle and vehicle crashed.

"I heard him hit the brakes and it skipped—you could hear the bike skip like a rock on water," witness Gilbert Lugo said. 

The motorcyclist was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.

Mesa police said the motorcyclist was traveling northbound on Country Club Drive at a high rate of speed when it collided with a vehicle at Southern.

A Department of Public Safety trooper attempted to stop the motorcyclist at Country Club but lost sight of the motorcyclist shortly before the crash. 

According to a Mesa police spokesperson, the victim may have had a suspended license.

DPS said the trooper did not pursue the vehicle and notified Mesa police.

The intersection was closed but has since reopened.