Fatal crash kills motorcyclist

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Published: Sep. 26, 2023 at 8:22 AM PDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2023 at 4:58 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - SEPT. 28 UPDATE: The Sparks Police Department said Thursday it has talked to both drivers it was seeking as part of a fatal motorcycle crash.

Both drivers are cooperating with the investigation, which police said is continuing.

SEPT. 27 UPDATE: The motorcyclist killed Tuesday morning in a downtown Sparks crash was identified Wednesday as Robert Ortiz, 35.

The Sparks Police Department also asks for the public’s help identifying two possible witnesses to the fatal crash.

Police said Ortiz drove west on Victorian Avenue from Pyramid Way at high speed and failed to make a turn. He struck a curb, went airborne and ejected from the motorcycle before coming to a rest on the shoulder.

Life-saving help from first responders did not save Ortiz, police said.

Police want to speak to two drivers in the area. One driver was in an early 2000s blue Dodge four-door truck with chrome wheels. The second is an early 2000s single cab white Chevrolet pickup with a black lumber rack and a toolbox in the truck bed.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 775-353-2231 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 or go to SecretWitness.com to remain anonymous.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police are investigating a deadly crash on Victorian Avenue. Officers say it happened around 6:30 Tuesday morning.

Sparks Police Department investigators believe a motorcycle rider was going too fast, lost control of the vehicle, and crashed into a tree. That motorcyclist has died. SPD says no one else was hurt in the crash.

Victorian Ave. will be closed for a few hours for the investigation.

Motorcycle crash on Victorian Ave.
Motorcycle crash on Victorian Ave.(Stone Seuss)