GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A fatal motorcycle crash late Sunday night shut down part of westbound Interstate 70. The motorcyclist has been identified as Josue Salgado of Denver.
“We feel comfortable in saying the rider in this particular case was driving recklessly and was at fault in the accident,” said Deputy Chief Joe Harvey of the Golden Police Department.
The crash happened about 10:30 p.m. between 6th Avenue and West Colfax Avenue.
Investigators say a group of up to seven motorcycles made their way west on 6th Ave and merged onto I-70. One of the motorcycles clipped a Jeep about 300 feet away from the ramp and the impact ejected Salgado, 23, from his bike. Another car hit the motorcycle from behind after he flew off the bike.
Police say he was not wearing a helmet and did not have the required motorcycle endorsement on his license. I-70 fully reopened overnight.
“When somebody is driving at 110 miles an hour on a motorcycle, it’s very rare that a police officer will be able to catch up, identify who those people are and bring them to justice,” Harvey said.
Witnesses say a group of motorcyclists was traveling fast and swerving in and out of traffic.
The drivers of the two cars were not injured. They will not be cited in the crash. Other riders on motorcycles could face charges of reckless driving or witnessing an accident and leaving the scene.
“The message to our community is that aggressive driving hurts and it kills people,” he said. “It causes accidents and it makes our streets unsafe.”
Golden police said they are hoping to speak with the other motorcyclists who were traveling in the same group as the man who was killed. They also want the public to come forward with any information that might help their investigation.
“Be a good witness, drive safely, drive defensively, and then try to steer as clear from that activity as you can,” Harvey said. “Just please drive safe, don’t do this kind of activity. I know it seems fun, but it’s not and it can have traumatic results.”