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Motorcyclist dies after striking construction barrier on Southwest Side early Sunday

A motorcyclist is dead after striking a roadway barrier head-on early Sunday morning on West Ajo Way, west of I-19, authorities said.

Just before 1 a.m., the victim was traveling east in the median lane of West Ajo Way approaching South Kostka Avenue, when he struck the barrier and was thrown from his 1997 Yamaha motorcycle, a department spokesman said.

There were several witnesses on the scene who directed first responders to the unconscious motorcyclist, Sgt. Pete Dugan said. He was taken to Banner-University Medical Center, where he died from his injuries several hours later. There is heavy road construction in the area with multiple traffic signs guiding traffic around the work.

Speed appears to have been a factor in the collision, and though a helmet was found at the scene, it was unclear whether the victim was wearing it at the time, Dugan said. The victim’s name was withheld, pending next of kin notification. This is Tucson's 10th motorcycle fatality of 2016, up 4 from the previous year, according to department statistics.

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