Motorcyclist killed after Santa Cruz high-speed crash – East Bay Times

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SANTA CRUZ — A 21-year-old Santa Cruz County man was killed Thursday night in a solo motorcycle crash on the city’s Westside.

A woman who said she rode motorcycles with the UC Santa Cruz student killed in a single-vehicle crash on Bay Street in Santa Cruz takes in the wreckage of the Triumph motorcycle he was riding when he died Thursday. The motorcycle ended its skid many yards from where the man was ejected from the bike. Witnesses said that he was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed when he crashed. (Shmuel Thaler — Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Skid marks darken the Bay Street pavement as Santa Cruz Police Field Training Officer Forrest Crowell documents the scene of the fatal motorcycle crash Thursday. (Shmuel Thaler — Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Bay Street is closed at Nobel Drive as the Santa Cruz Police Department investigated Thursday’s fatal crash. (Shmuel Thaler — Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Police were called shortly after 5 p.m. to the intersection of Bay and Meder streets. Arriving Santa Cruz police and firefighters began lifesaving efforts on the motorcyclist. The man, identified by the Santa Cruz County coroner’s office as Kyle Neil, however, died at the scene, according to Santa Cruz Police Department spokesperson Joyce Blaschke.

Crash onlookers Thursday identified themselves to the Sentinel as friends of the crash victim, who they said was a UC Santa Cruz student.
A preliminary police traffic investigation late Thursday revealed that Neil was traveling at a high rate of speed when he collided with a traffic sign at the intersection, Blaschke said in a media release.
This investigation was ongoing Friday.
Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has additional information to call Santa Cruz Police Department Traffic Investigations Lt. Wes Morey at 831-420-5857 or email [email protected] Anonymous tips can be sent to the police department through its tip line at 831-420-5995, or online at
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