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One Killed In Motorcycle Crash Up Big Cottonwood Canyon


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The identity of the victim in a fatal motorcycle crash in Big Cottonwood Canyon has been identified by police.

The crash happened on State Route 190 near the Storm Mountain Park area.

Officials with the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake said Michael Burkey from South Jordan was driving down the canyon Saturday when the crash happened.

Sgt. Melody Cutler said investigators determined the 55-year-old deliberately crossed over the double yellow line with the intend to bypass traffic.

During the maneuver, Burkey struck on oncoming passenger vehicle head on.

Emergency medical crews responded to the crash, but officials said he died at the scene.

Burkey was wearing a helmet.

Sgt. Cutler said, “with an impact like that, sometimes it just doesn’t matter” what safety gear a motorcyclist is wearing.

There were no injuries to the people in the passenger vehicle.

Investigation were working to determine how fast the motorcycle was going and if there were other contributing factors.

The road was closed while crews worked at the scene.

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