A 38-year-old man was killed Thursday afternoon in south Wichita when his motorcycle collided with a semi, police said.
The accident happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon and Pattie, just west of Southeast Boulevard. Wichita police Sgt. Kelly O’Brien said the semi was driving south on Pattie through a residential neighborhood and turning east onto Mount Vernon when a motorcycle collided with its trailer. The rider, a Wichita man, was westbound on Mount Vernon, he said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. His name was not released, pending notification of family. The semi driver, a man in his mid-50s, is with a local company, O’Brien said. He did not know the semi’s departure location or destination.
O’Brien said a preliminary investigation indicates no one was impaired by drugs or alcohol. It’s unknown whether speed played a role in the crash, he said. An accident investigation unit remained at the scene Thursday afternoon, taking measurements, he said.
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“We encourage people to be cautious of motorcycles on the street. Motorcycles are often more difficult to see” than other vehicles, O’Brien said.
“We also encourage motorcyclists to be defensive drivers.”