Police are still looking into the cause of a crash that forced the closure of the eastbound lanes of Memorial Drive on Tuesday night and took the life of a motorcyclist.

It happened at about 8:30 p.m. on Memorial Drive just after Edmonton Trail, by the Calgary Zoo.

Police say the 22-year-old male motorcyclist ran into the back of a vehicle.

Eyewitnesses described the scene as horrific and tell CTV that it appeared the bike was traveling at a high rate of speed.

They also claim that it flipped several times, throwing the rider from the bike.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle, a Ford Escape, was uninjured.

Eastbound Memorial between Edmonton Trail and 12 St. N.E. was shut down for several hours following the crash.

Police have not released the identity of the victim.

They are looking into whether speed was a factor in the crash.

This is the third deadly motorcycle crash in the past few weeks.

Over the weekend, a crash took the life of a rider on Glenmore Trail near 37 St. S.W.

Witnesses to that crash say the driver was weaving in and out of traffic when he lost control and was thrown into the eastbound lanes.

He was hit by at least one oncoming vehicle.

Police are reminding motorcyclists about driving at excessive speed on city roads and on Alberta’s highways.

Any witnesses to the collision or the events leading up to it are asked to contact the Traffic Section at 403-567-4000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:


TALK: 1-800-222-8477

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