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Motorcyclist killed in crash on south end of Las Vegas Strip

Updated December 8, 2017 - 1:23 am

A motorcyclist was killed Thursday near the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign after he crashed into a limousine and a semitrailer, police said.

The Clark County coroner’s office on Friday identified the 38-year-old victim as Jose Carlos Torres-Martinez of Las Vegas.

Metro responded about 5:15 p.m. on reports of the crash in the southbound lanes of the Strip just south of the iconic sign, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The crash happened at the southbound exit from the center median, which houses a parking lot for visitors.

Police said a limousine with about six occupants was leaving the parking lot into the southbound lanes. The motorcyclist was driving south in the left lane before the crash.

“That motorcyclist perceived that the limousine was pulling in front of it,” Metro Sgt. Robert Stauffer said. The rider braked, and the bike turned onto its right side before hitting the limousine. This threw the rider into the center southbound lane, where he hit the semitrailer.

He died at the scene.

Neither the motorcycle nor the limousine was traveling at excessive speed, Stauffer said, adding ejections can be fatal even at low speeds.

Stauffer, with Metro’s fatal crash team, said police had a “substantial” number of witnesses to the crash. Officers directed them onto a public bus parked at the scene, where detectives could interview them one-by-one for their investigation and keep them warm.

Those at the scene who didn’t see anything were allowed to leave.

“The biggest problem was getting the scene kind of sterilized,” he said.

The investigation was in its early stages, Stauffer said.

The limousine driver and passengers were cooperative with police.

Stauffer said police were not expecting to issue citations or make arrests in the crash Thursday night.

The Clark County coroner’s office will identify the motorcycle rider once his family is notified.

A bus could be seen just inside the police tape with its hazard lights flashing Thursday night. The typically busy stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard between Sunset and Russell roads remained shut down late Thursday. Stauffer said he anticipated police would open up the northbound lanes before the southbound lanes.

Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter.  

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