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OPD: Motorcycle's speed 'primary factor' in Friday night crash

Posted: 7:19 PM, Sep 11, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-12 00:21:39Z

A motorcyclist's speed led to an accident near 38th and Dodge streets, and left him with critical injuries Friday night, according to a subsequent Omaha Police press release.

OPD said they based their assessment on evidence found at the scene and on witness statements, the release states. Police closed Dodge Street between 38th and 39th streets Friday night until around 11:30 p.m. while investigating the accident.

"The investigation revealed that a 2011 Kawasaki Versys 1000 sport bike was eastbound on Dodge Street when it struck a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup," the release states. The pickup was turning westbound from the Taco Bell parking lot when the crash occurred.

The 43-year-old motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to Nebraska Medicine, where he is being treated for severe injuries to his abdomen, legs and face, the release states.

The driver of the pick-up truck was not injured.

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