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Man injured in weekend motorcycle crash dies

A 53-year-old man who was critically injured over the weekend when his motorcycle collided with a van in south Wichita has died, police said.

Max Lovitt was riding south on Seneca just after 7:45 p.m. Saturday when his 1973 Harley Davidson collided with a van at the intersection with MacArthur Road.

The van was preparing to turn left onto MacArthur, police said, but the 79-year-old driver stopped when he saw the motorcycle approaching.

The motorcycle, which did not have its headlight on, collided with the front of the van, police said. Lovitt was thrown from the motorcycle in the crash.

He was taken to Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, where he underwent surgery and was admitted to the intensive care unit. He was pronounced dead just before 3:20 p.m. on Monday.

The driver of the van was not injured. No citations have been issued as a result of the collision, police said, but the investigation continues.

Lovitt is the fourth person to die in Wichita in a crash involving a motorcycle this year. He is also the 15th traffic fatality of the year in the city.

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