WICHITA — Police say excessive speed was a significant factor in the death of a 30-year-old man after his motorcycle collided with an SUV Friday night.
Cornelius Scales, 30, died at Wesley Medical Center from injuries he sustained in the collision at about 6 p.m. Friday at 11th and Oliver, said Lt. Joe Schroeder.
Scales was riding south with two acquaintances at a high rate of speed, a witness told police, when he acelerated away from the other riders. A 78-year-old man who was driving east on 11th pulled out from a stop sign at Oliver, and Scales slammed on the brakes of his motorcycle but was unable to avoid a collision.
His motorcycle hit the back end of the SUV, went down and skidded across the intersection, Schroeder said. The bike hit a utility pole on the southwest corner of the intersection, ejecting Scales, who was not wearing a helmet.
The two other riders came upon the scene of the accident but then left, Schroeder said.
Officers spoke to one of the riders at the hospital but would like to learn more about the incident from the second rider, he said.
An investigation into the collision continues, Schroeder said.