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Motorcyclist dead after crash in Tempe

Police said the crash happened around 10:15 p.m. on Saturday after the motorcyclist lost control of the vehicle.

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.

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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 

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here. 

"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. 

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