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Henderson motorcyclist killed in fiery crash identified

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Updated: 6/07/2014 4:11 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- The man killed Friday evening in a fiery, high-speed motorcycle-SUV  crash on U.S. 95 has been identified by the Clark County coroner's office.

Henderson resident Karl Chadwick, 49, was killed about 6:15 p.m. on northbound U.S. 95 near West Horizon Drive. The coroner said Chadwick died of multiple injuries. The official cause of death was ruled an accident.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said a motorcycle was traveling between 80 and 100 miles per hour, weaving in and out of traffic, when the driver collided with the rear right end of an SUV.

The crash sent Chadwick into the center lane where he collided with a truck, separated from his bike, and went down. Chadwick died on impact and the motorcycle burst into flames, burning the motorcycle so badly the make, model and color were not discernible.

"The sound was just indescribable, and the bouncing. The lifeless body just bouncing, rolling around. I've never seen anything like it," witness Sheri Bailes said.

The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital but is expected to be OK. Two people in the SUV were not injured and remained on scene.

Northbound U.S. 95 remained closed until after 11 p.m. while NHP troopers continued their investigation over the 1,000-foot scene.

Another motorcyclist was killed earlier in the week in a similar accident at the Charleston Boulevard off ramp on Interstate 15.


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