Motorcycle driver dies in crash downtown

DEAN HUMPHREY/The Daily Sentinel—A motorcycle is in the southbound lanes of First Street where it curves to the east and becomes Pitkin Avenue, just after the driver lost control Saturday.

A man was killed Saturday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle on the curve of a busy Grand Junction street.

The man, whose name and age weren’t released, was heading south on First Street with a group of eight to 10 other riders at 5:15 p.m. when he lost control where the street curves onto Pitkin Avenue downtown. The motorcycle crashed into the concrete barrier that separates the street from the parking lots of Pufferbelly Station Restaurant, 337 S. First St., and the Amtrak station, 339 S. First St., according to Kate Porras, spokeswoman with the Grand Junction Police Department.

The man was not wearing a helmet and died on scene.

Alcohol is being investigated as a factor in the crash, Porras said.

The crash closed a portion of southbound First Street from the intersection with Main Street through the Pitkin Avenue curve until the investigation was complete at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The man was the only person involved in the crash, Porras said.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office had not completed its portion of the investigation Saturday night.


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