AURORA, Colo. — A 20-year-old motorcyclist was killed Monday morning after he got too close to another motorcycle and lost control of his bike.
The incident occurred Monday at approximately 11:18 a.m. on Interstate 70 between Airport Boulevard and Tower Road, according to Aurora Police Department spokesman Jeff Turner.
Turner said two motorcyclists were riding eastbound on I-70 in a construction zone that narrowed from two lanes to one. An initial investigation showed that the two male riders were attempting to pass a semi-tractor trailer when the handlebars of the two bikes touched. The contact caused the victim to veer to the left, striking two orange construction zone barrels. He then lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown under the rear wheels of the semi.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead on the scene. The other rider and male truck driver were uninjured in the accident.
Tuesday afternoon, Aurora police identified the victim as 20-year-old Logan Alan Keller.
Investigators said they believe excessive speed in a construction zone to be a factor in the crash. They added that neither rider wore a helmet at the time of the accident.
The accident closed down the eastbound lane of I-70 on Monday as crews investigated.