A motorcyclist died on Sunday evening after crashing on the west side.
The crash left Clime Road, between Demorest Road and McCarley Drive, closed from about 6 to 9 p.m.
According to police, the driver of the motorcycle, who was not immediately identified, side-swiped another car heading eastbound, forcing him into the past of a westbound SUV.
Witnesses said that they spotted the motorcycle driver speeding, and the driver did not try to stop before he collided with an SUV.
Pastor Ronald Elie said that he witnessed the crash.
“It happened so quick, the motorcycle disappeared,” Elie said. “I’m guessing he was going 80 miles per hour, maybe faster.”
Elie said that he saw two men on motorcycles pass him on Clime Road just before the crash. He said that he remembered seeing the traffic light ahead was red and had a feeling that something bad was about to happen.
“I said, ‘Where on earth is he going to go?’ Because I didn’t see him slow down,” Elie said.
After the crash, Elie said he came to the need to the two drivers, who he said were stricken with grief.
“I said, ‘It wasn’t your fault. I’m a pastor. It wasn’t your fault,’” Elie said.
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