Saturday, March 26, 2011 | 9:27 a.m.
North Las Vegas Police say excessive speed and prescription drugs are possible factors in a Friday night crash that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old Las Vegas man who was ejected from his motorcycle.
Authorities said a preliminary investigation indicates that at about 10:30 p.m., the rider of a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle was northbound on Decatur Boulevard while a 2000 Nissan Quest van was southbound on Decatur. At the intersection of Casa Bonita Drive, police said the van made a left turn in front of the motorcycle.
As the van turned left, the motorcycle struck the right side of the van. The motorcyclist was ejected and thrown over the van, landing 41 feet away from the site of the collision, police said.
The driver of the van, a 21-year-old Las Vegas man, wasn’t injured.
The motorcyclist was taken to University Medical Center’s trauma unit in critical condition, where he later died from his injuries, police said.
Investigators said prescription drugs on the part of the van driver and excessive speed on the part of the motorcyclist might be factors in the collision. The driver of the van submitted to a blood test to determine the possible involvement of alcohol or drugs.
Charges are pending against the driver of the van, police said.
The Clark County Coroner's Office will release the name of the motorcyclist. Police on Saturday weren't releasing the name of the van's driver.
This is the first fatal crash of the year in North Las Vegas.