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Motorcyclist dies after fatal Salt Lake City crash

Posted at 5:07 PM, May 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-11 23:11:59-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Several roads in Salt lake City were shut down Wednesday afternoon due to a fatal motorcycle crash.

Police say the crash happened at 400 South West Temple.

A motorcycle and an SUV were involved in the crash. Police confirmed a 36-year-old motorcyclist, Josue Vega, died of his injuries in the crash.

Several roads around the area of the crash were shut down to allow for officials to investigate the scene, which caused major disruptions for the evening commute traffic.

Preliminary investigations show the motorcyclist was traveling southbound on West Temple at a high rate of speed when he crashed into the SUV.

"Investigators believe, based on witness statements, that Vega was attempting to beat a yellow light," information from SLCPD states.

The driver of the SUV was turning westbound when the crash happened and is cooperating with police in the investigation.

This crash marks 13 traffic-related fatalities for Salt Lake City in 2022.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown, as well as an investigator with the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office happened to be in the area at the time of the crash and jumped into action immediately to block off the area, as well as call crews to help respond and render first aid.