UPDATE: Tucson police release name of motorcyclist killed in midtown crash

Published: May. 30, 2018 at 2:34 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 8, 2018 at 11:39 AM MST
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The intersection of 29th Street and Craycroft was closed Wednesday, May 30 following a fatal...
The intersection of 29th Street and Craycroft was closed Wednesday, May 30 following a fatal crash. (Source: Google Maps)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Police Department has released the name of the man killed in a crash on Wednesday near 29th and Craycroft.

According to the release, the motorcyclist killed was 25-year-old David Kennett. The driver and passenger in the vehicle were not injured.

The crash occurred Wednesday sometime before 10 a.m., as officers from Operations Division Midtown and crews from the Tucson Fire Department responded to the scene of a serious injury collision involving a motorcycle.

Detectives from the Traffic Investigations Unit interviewed witnesses and collected evidence and learned that the driver of the 2013 Dodge Caravan was southbound on Craycroft and was in the left turn lane to head eastbound on 29th Street and entered the intersection on a green light.  The light turned from green to red and the driver of the Caravan made a left turn, this was the point when Kennett struck the front passenger side of the van.

According to the TPD release, Kennett had been wearing a helmet, but was thrown from his motorcycle.  Witnesses reported hearing the motorcycle accelerating prior to the crash.

The driver of the Caravan remained at the scene.  Neither speed nor impairment appear to be factors in the crash, in relation to the driver of the Caravan.

The investigation is ongoing and further details will be released when they become available.

Kennett worked as a sushi chef at Takamatsu. His friend and coworkers shared tips and donations with Kennett's loved ones.

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