Details released on fatal I-80 motorcycle crash in west Sparks

Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 4:30 AM PDT|Updated: Apr. 23, 2021 at 4:02 PM PDT
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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - APRIL 23 UPDATE: The Nevada Highway Patrol on Friday released information on the April 12 motorcycle crash that killed Michael Lopez, 31, of Reno on Interstate 80.

The NHP said Lopez was going west on a green 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle on Interstate 80 near Prater way when the motorcycle went onto the shoulder and struck a median wall. Lopez was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

APRUK 12 7:15 A.M. UPDATE: Westbound I-80 is back open.

4:40 A.M. UPDATE: NHP confirms the motorcycle rider involved in the crash has died. According to Troopers the motorcyclist struck a barrier and was found on the traveling lanes. No other vehicles were involved.

ORIGINAL STORY: Westbound Interstate 80 is closed in Sparks as NHP responds to a crash involving a motorcycle. It happened at about 3:30 Monday morning.

Troopers said the man riding the motorcycle suffered major injuries. It’s unclear if any other vehicles were involved.

Traffic is being diverted at Prater Way. There is no estimate for when the freeway will reopen.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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