Man killed in Fourth of July motorcycle wreck east of Pueblo

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A man was killed in a motorcycle wreck on the Fourth of July, the Pueblo Police Department announced Tuesday.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was riding a motorcycle westbound on the 2200 block of Colorado Highway 96 east of Pueblo just before 7 p.m. when police say he hit a guardrail.

The victim was ejected from his bike, which continued down the road for 550 feet before it came to a rest in the westbound lanes of the highway, police say.

The man was found in the eastbound lanes approximately 160 feet from where police say he was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Pueblo Police Department's traffic unit responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. Excessive speed is suspected as a contributing factor to the crash, police said.

The identity of the male rider will be released by the Pueblo County coroner, pending notification of his next of kin.

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This article originally appeared on The Pueblo Chieftain: Man killed in Fourth of July motorcycle wreck east of Pueblo