Officers on Wednesday were looking for witnesses who saw a crash Tuesday evening just north of the McHenry Village shopping center in Modesto that left a motorcyclist dead.
Aaron Murdaugh, 24, of Modesto suffered critical injuries from the crash and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead, said Sgt. Brian Findlen, a supervisor with the Modesto police Traffic Unit.
Murdaugh was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Briggs- more Avenue, just east of McHenry Avenue. No other injuries were reported.
A 66-year-old Modesto man was leaving the shopping center from one of its north exits in a four-door Toyota sedan. A woman was riding as a passenger in the car.
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Murdaugh was heading east on Briggsmore from McHenry, Findlen said, while the Toyota was crossing Briggsmore's eastbound lanes to make a left turn onto westbound Briggsmore toward McHenry.
Findlen said the motorcycle stuck the driver's side of the car, and it appears the Toyota's driver did not see the motorcycle approaching.
He said the police Traffic Unit has not determined who was at fault in this crash. Police did not release the Toyota driver's name because he has not been charged with a crime.
Officers are hoping to speak with witnesses who might have seen how fast the motorcycle was traveling and what Murdaugh was doing just before the crash occurred.
Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, Findlen said.
Modesto police asks anyone who witnessed this accident to call Traffic Unit officer Jeff Hopkins at 572-9500.
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