19-year-old dies in motorcycle-van crash on northwest side

A motorcycle crashed with a van on May 31, 2017, at West 86th Street and Payne Road in Indianapolis. (Photo Provided/Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 19-year-old man thrown from a motorcycle died after a crash with a van on the city’s northside side Wednesday, police said.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the crash about 4:45 p.m. at the intersection of West 86th Street and Payne Road. Accident investigators believe the van was turning south onto Payne from the west lanes of 86th when the motorcyclist struck the van while travelling east on 86th. Investigators believe the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed and driving erratically at the time of the accident.

Austin Lee was taken to St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital where he later died.

The driver of the van was taken to the hospital for a blood draw as is standard procedure for accidents involving serious injury or death. No alcohol or drugs are suspected to be a cause of the crash, police said.

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