UPDATE: Motorcyclist dies after crash on Tucson’s southeast side

UPDATE: Motorcyclist dies after crash on Tucson’s southeast side
The rider suffered life-threatening injuries, according to police. (Source: KOLD)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A motorcyclist has died as the result of a deadly crash on Saturday, Feb. 1 in Southeast Tucson.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., officers from Operations Division East were dispatched to the area of South Kolb Road and East Vernice Street for the report of a serious injury collision involving a motorcycle and an SUV.

Tucson Fire was on scene and transported the motorcyclist to Banner University Medical Center.

Shortly after arrival, the motorcyclist passed away from his injuries. Tucson Police Traffic Detectives responded to the scene to continue the investigation.

After conducting interviews and examining roadway evidence, detectives were able to determine the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed while southbound in the curb lane of Kolb Road. The SUV was traveling eastbound on Vernice Street and stopped for the stop sign at Kolb. The driver of the SUV then made a right turn into the curb lane of southbound Kolb and was rear-ended by the motorcyclist. The driver of the SUV immediately stopped and cooperated with the investigation.

The motorcyclist was identified as 32-year-old John Woodward. Next of kin has been notified. Police say Woodward was wearing a helmet, however, excessive speed appears to be a factor in the collision.

This is an on-going investigation and no charges or citations have been issued at this time. Additional details will be released as they become available.

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