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Man dies days after Midtown motorcycle crash

A man who was thrown from his motorcycle after another rider crashed into him died several days after the collision, authorities said. Jeremy Teeter, 35, died about a week after the Dec. 2 crash.

Teeter and the other rider, later identified as Zachary Roller, 33, were traveling south "at a high rate of speed" on North Arcadia Avenue between East Speedway and East 5th Street around 3:30 p.m. that day, a Tucson Police Department spokesman said.

When Teeter, on a 2013 red and white Honda motorcycle, slowed as he approached the intersection of Arcadia and 4th Street, the 2005 black Suzuki ridden by Roller hit him from behind, said Sgt. Pete Dugan.

Both riders were thrown from their motorcycles, Dugan said.

Roller fled from the scene before police arrived, he said. Teeter had life-threatening injuries and was taken to Banner University Medical Center. He died Dec. 9, Dugan said.

The Suzuki ridden by Roller was "quickly discovered" to be a stolen motorcycle, Dugan said.

Roller, who had serious but not life-threatening injuries, was identified and arrested the day of the incident and booked into the Pima County Jail for possession of the stolen motorcycle, he said.

Speed was a factor in the collision, said Dugan. No signs of impairment were discovered, and both riders were wearing helmets.

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Traffic fatalities year-to-date

2016 2017
Pedestrian 15 24
Bicycle 4 1
Motorcycle 10 13
Total 50 58