On Tuesday evening at approximately 8:20pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a motorcycle crash in the area of the 300 Block of South 1st Street, near the Amtrak station. It was reported to dispatch that a motorcycle traveling eastbound had crashed into a concrete barrier. While en route to that crash, officers encountered a separate motor vehicle crash near the intersection of 4th Street and Ute Avenue. Subjects at the scene of the crash were performing CPR on an adult male. Officers took over CPR until medical personnel arrived. Sadly, the male was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Preliminary investigation indicates that several motorcycles were traveling southbound on 1st Street when one of the riders collided with a concrete barrier, resulting in the first dispatched crash. The other riders who had been traveling with the crashed motorcyclist were attempting to return to the scene of that crash by turning northbound on 5th Street, and then westbound on Ute Avenue. Witnesses state that one of the motorcyclists ran the red light at 4th Street and collided with a truck, which was headed southbound on 4th Street.
This information is very preliminary, and subject to change as more information is gathered. An investigation into the totality of the circumstances surrounding the crash is ongoing. The driver of the motorcycle involved in the initial crash on 1st Street was not seriously injured, nor was the adult male driver of the truck involved in the crash on 4th Street. At this time, no citations have been issued as a result of either crash. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will be responsible for releasing the name of the deceased subject after appropriate notifications have been made.