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Motorcyclist killed in West Side crash

A man on a motorcycle died Saturday night when he crashed into a pickup truck making a left turn, police said. This was the 56th traffic-related fatality on Tucson roads thus far this year.

Around 7 p.m. Saturday, a man on a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle was riding east on West Silverlake Road, between South Mission Road and Interstate 10. A 2007 F-150 pickup that had been halted at a stop sign on South Cottonwood Lane and Silverlake made a left turn, heading west, authorities said.

The man was identified as 20-year-old Saxen Hurst after his family was notified of his death, police said.

The motorcycle collided with the truck. Hurst, who was wearing a helmet, was given CPR by a Tucson police officer who was leaving the nearby Pima County Jail and arrived at the scene "moments after it happened and and observed the motorcyclist lying unresponsive in the roadway," said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a TPD spokesman.

Hurst was also treated by Tucson Fire Department personnel, but was pronounced dead at the scene, Dugan said.

"The driver of the truck remained on scene and no signs of impairment were detected," he said. "Detectives are still actively investigating the collision. No citations or arrests have been made at this time."

The driver's identity was not released by authorities.

Traffic fatalities year to date

For 2016 -47 For 2017 - 56
Pedestrian - 13 Pedestrian - 24
Bicycle - 4 Bicycle - 1
Motorcycle - 10 Motorcycle - 12
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