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Police identify motorcyclist killed after crash in Hurricane

Police have identified a motorcyclist from Salt Lake City who was killed after crashing into the back of a car in southern Utah over the weekend.

Police have identified a motorcyclist from Salt Lake City who was killed after crashing into the back of a car in southern Utah over the weekend. (Utah Department of Public Safety)


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HURRICANE, Washington County — Police have identified a motorcyclist from Salt Lake City who was killed after crashing into the back of a car in southern Utah over the weekend.

Troy D. Matthews, 50, was riding east on state Route 9 in Hurricane when he crashed Saturday night, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

"The motorcycle was reported to be traveling east on state Route 9 at excessive speeds and cutting in and out of traffic before striking the rear of a black Nissan Versa. After impact, the male rider was thrown from the motorcycle, and both the rider and the motorcycle slid into westbound lanes," troopers said.

The motorcycle became fully engulfed in fire on the westbound shoulder where it stopped. Matthews came to a stop in the left westbound lane.

He was taken to a hospital, where he later died due to injuries sustained in the crash.

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Emily Ashcraft joined KSL.com as a reporter in 2021. She covers courts and legal affairs, as well as health, faith and religion news.

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