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May 9, 2013 5:21 PM by Swetha Iyengar/Michelle Walby

UPDATE: Fatal crash involving motorcycle closes intersection

TUCSON - An accident involving a motorcycle has killed one person, Tucson Police said.

It happened early Thursday morning at the the intersection of Alvernon and Technical Drive.

An officer noticed a motorcycle lying in the landscape near the intersection. The motorcyclist, 25-year-old Nicholas Vasquez, was found dead a short distance away.

Detectives say Vasquez was going southbound on Alvernon at a high rate of speed. He apparently lost control and struck the guardrail. Vasquez was thrown from the motorcycle.

He was wearing a helmet but it's unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

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