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Police ID Motorcyclist Killed In Crash

Posted at 3:51 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 14:26:53-04

Authorities have identified the 27-year-old motorcyclist who died in a crash in the Berry Hill area of Nashville. 

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Monday on Thompson Lane and Eugenia Avenue near the 100 Oaks area. 

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said the victim, identified as James Cloninger, was traveling west when he passed a van and then collided with an SUV pulling a trailer.  

The 67-year-old driver of the SUV was turning left onto Eugenia Avenue. Police said Cloninger tried to stop but lost control of the motorcycle before impact. 

Cloninger died at the scene.  

Witnesses told police the other driver had time to complete the turn without affecting traffic.

According to investigators, there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene.  

Authorities said the primary contributing factor to the crash is speeding on the part of Cloninger. 

The investigation remained ongoing.