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NHP: Driver, motorcyclist at fault for fatal crash in southwest Las Vegas

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Posted at 4:49 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 20:19:39-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Nevada Highway Patrol has determined that a driver and a motorcyclist were at fault for a deadly crash in southwest Las Vegas earlier this month.

NHP first reported that an off-duty officer was on the way to work when the officer was involved in the crash with a motorcycle near Buffalo Drive and Mountains Edge Parkway on Jan. 12.

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Investigators said a four-door vehicle was heading eastbound on Mountains Edge, turning left onto Buffalo, when a Honda sport bike, heading in the opposite direction, crashed into the car.

The collision sent the motorcyclist about forty feet across the intersection, according to authorities, and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Nevada Highway Patrol later identified him as 34-year-old Charles Kirkling, of Las Vegas.

“From what we believe the motorcycle was speeding going westbound," said Trooper Jason Buratczuk.

The off-duty police officer was also injured in the crash but expected to survive.

Wednesday, the NHP released dash cam video from a private citizen's vehicle of the incident and placed fault on both the LVMPD employee and the deceased motorcycle rider.

Evidence and the footage suggested that both the vehicle and motorcycle were in the intersection on a red traffic signal.

Investigators also determined the speed of the motorcycle was approximately 60 mph - almost double the posted speed limit.

No charges have been immediately filed, according to NHP.