TEMPE, Ariz. — A motorcyclist was killed in Tempe Saturday night after losing control of their vehicle, Tempe police said.
The crash happened around 10:15 p.m. near Rural Road and Lakeshore Drive. Investigators found that the motorcyclist was driving southbound at "a high rate of speed" when they lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into a second vehicle.
First responders took the motorcyclist to the hospital where they later died of their injuries.
Police said that the investigation is still ongoing. At this time officials have not identified the deceased, or said if impairment was a factor in the crash.
This is a developing story. Stay with 12News for more updates.
>> Download the 12News app for the latest local breaking news straight to your phone.
Up to Speed
Catch up on the latest news and stories on our 12News YouTube playlist here.
Deaths on Arizona roads
Data from the Arizona Department of Transportation shows that roadway fatalities have been gradually rising in Arizona over the last decade:
2011: 825 deaths
2012: 821 deaths
2013: 844 deaths
2014: 774 deaths
2015: 895 deaths
2016: 952 deaths
2017: 1,000 deaths
2018: 1,010 deaths
2019: 982 deaths
2020: 1,057 deaths
ADOT offers driving tips on its website to help keep people safe on the road.
"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website.
ADOT's suggestions include:
Don’t speed or drive aggressively
Never drive while under the influence of substances
Avoid distractions while driving
Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same
When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over
Stay extra aware in work zones
Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous
"Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511, downloading the AZ 511 app and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT," the department said.