Motorcyclist killed after hitting barrier, flying 120 feet

Apr 19, 2022, 11:26 AM | Updated: Jun 20, 2022, 1:30 pm
Aftermath of the crash (Credit: Utah County Sheriff)...
Aftermath of the crash (Credit: Utah County Sheriff)
(Credit: Utah County Sheriff)

VINEYARD, Utah— A 24-year-old Nebraska male motorcyclist was killed after striking a barrier on the side of the road and being thrown from his motorcycle.

According to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at around 7:20 a.m. on Vineyard Center Street on a railroad overpass just west of Mill Rd.

The driver was traveling “significantly over the speed limit” and was not wearing a helmet.

Police aren’t sure if he drifted out of the lane or lost control, but at some point he hit a barrier at the side of the road in a side swipe fashion, then impacted a pole for a fence on the top of the barrier that crosses the overpass.

Small memorial for the deceased. (Credit: Utah County Sheriff)

The victim was found about 120 feet from where he first hit the barrier and the motorcycle ended up about 225 feet from first impact.

Unfortunately the driver sustained significant head trauma and died at the scene.

Cannon said they don’t have any evidence suggesting impairment was a factor,  “but speed and not wearing a helmet definitely were factors.”

The man had recently moved to Utah from Nebraska according to UTCo Sheriff’s Office.

This is the second crash to occur on this overpass since it opened.

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