WICHITA — Police say the man who died when his motorcycle collided with a truck in west Wichita early Monday afternoon has been identified as 25-year-old Brian Hitchcock.
Witnesses told police Hitchcock was traveling south on Meridian at a speed well above the posted limit when his sport motorcycle struck the back side panel on the passenger's side of a truck turning left onto First Street from Meridian just after 1:30 p.m.
Hitchcock, who wasn't wearing a helmet, died at the scene. The driver of the truck told police he saw the motorcycle approaching, and thought he had plenty of time to complete his turn.
While alcohol is not suspected as a factor in the collision, Lt. Joe Schroeder said, a blood sample for testing was drawn from the driver of the truck because tests are conducted as a routine part of the investigation.
Police are investigating whether the truck driver had the proper right-of-way to complete his turn or whether Hitchcock's speed was to blame for the crash, Schroeder said.
Until more information is gathered, he said, "I can't make any determination as to which is more at fault."
Sedgwick County Sheriff's Sgt. Troy Wells said that, as a general rule, a vehicle making a left turn in front of another is at fault in a collision if the approaching vehicle was traveling the speed limit.
If the approaching vehicle was speeding, however, the turning vehicle is not at fault, Wells said.
Hitchcock is the ninth motorcycle fatality in Wichita so far this year. There were six all of last year, police said.