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Police Identify Motorcyclist Killed in Des Moines Crash

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Police have identified the motorcyclist killed in a crash Tuesday night in Des Moines.

Emergency crews were called to East 27th Street at Hubbell Avenue at about 9 p.m.

Police said the motorcyclist, Rodney Wayne McCloney, 46, of Des Moines, was heading eastbound on Hubbell when he likely realized he was going too fast to make the curve. McCloney and his bike slid across the center line, bounced off of a van and then into a car.

The speed limit in the area is 35 miles per hour and police said McCloney was likely speeding.

“There's some skid marks leading up to a point where the motorcycle was probably put down to the ground and then the slide continued,” said Des Moines Police Sergeant Jason Halifax.

This is Iowa's third motorcycle fatality for 2015.

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  • Megan

    Wow, nobody trying to blame a car for killing him? Shocked I am. You know, because according to the bikers and biker lovers, the only time a person on a bike is hurt is because a driver of a non-bike wasn’t paying attention.

    • Troy Hendrickson

      Looking through past articles, it appears that the significant majority of accidents involving bicycles and motorcycles were in fact the fault of the driver of the car. Some drivers even drove off, never to be found…

    • Shari

      Try to have some compassion for the family and keep your comments to yourself. THINK! Is your comment True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary or Kind. If not, leave it unsaid.

    • Maria

      This is a man who was loved by many. Your lack of tact is unnecessary. There are many people hurting today including his children . No matter what the reason was a good man is now our guardian angel. Prayers for the family.

    • Tim

      I am so glad we didn’t have the internet when we lost a loved one in an accident years ago. Back then, a coward had to own their thoughtless remarks, so they were less inclined to make them.

      My sympathies to those grieving today.

  • Aj

    Heartfelt condolences to all involved. Praying for friends and family to find some comfort through this difficult time.

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