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Motorcyclist dies after crashing stolen bike into front-end loader

A 33-year-old Tucson man died in the hospital after crashing into the bucket of a front-end loader Friday morning, authorities said. He was riding a 2010 Yamaha motorcycle that had been reported stolen days before.

Jason Aaron Bake was taken to Banner University Medical Center  and then died Saturday, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman said. His name was released Tuesday.

Just after 9 a.m. Friday, Tucson police and fire personnel responded to a report of a crash at North 11th Avenue and West Lee Street, Sgt. Kimberly Bay said.

Bake had been riding the white and gray Yamaha north on 11th when he failed to yield at a posted sign at the intersection with Lee, Bay said. He "collided with the front bucket of a construction front loader that was in the process of making a left turn onto eastbound Lee St. from 11th Ave.," she said.

Bake was not wearing a helmet, and speed appears to have been a factor in the crash, she said.

The motorcycle had been reported stolen on September 18, she said.

The driver of the construction vehicle was not injured.

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