Ride of the Century driver dies after crashing into police car in south St. Louis

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by Diana Zoga

KMOV.com

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 1 at 9:30 AM

(KMOV.com) – St. Louis Police say officers are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and an undercover police car in St. Louis’ Hill neighborhood on Saturday evening.

Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters at the scene that he believes the motorcyclist was taking part in the “Streetfighterz Ride of the Century.” The “Ride of the Century” is billed as a gathering of motorcyclists. On-line videos show participants performing stunts on their bikes, standing on handlebars and popping wheelies.

The deadly wreck on Saturday happened at January and Elizabeth Avenues around 6 p.m. Chief Dotson told reporters, “Three motorcyclists passed the officer doing stunts on the left hand side, the driver’s side. One motorcyclist passed the officer on the wrong side, on the right side. That motorcyclist struck the mirror of the police car and lost control of his bike. The bike and the individual came to rest next to a grassy area, next to the road.”

The motorcyclist is a man in his early 30s. His name and hometown have not been released.

Dotson said the three other motorcyclists took off and did not return to provide any information on Saturday night.

Accident reconstruction investigators were interviewing witnesses at the scene. It’s not clear how fast any of the vehicles were traveling, but Dotson reported that witnesses told police the motorcyclists were riding at a high rate of speed.

Last week, police departments across the region announced officers would aggressively search for bikers performing stunts on public roads ahead of the “Ride of the Century.”

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