A Brighton motorcyclist died after he rear-ended a truck April 16 on Weld County Road 2.
Carlos Padilla, 39, of Brighton, was killed in a motorcycle crash traveling eastbound on Weld County Road 2 – 168th Avenue in the northern part of the city – approaching Weld County Road 31 on April 16 at about 9:30 p.m., according to a news release by Brighton Police Department.
Padilla was traveling behind a Dodge Ram 2500 that slowed to a vehicle turning left. Padilla slammed breaks skidding about 50 feet and hitting the rear bumper of the truck, ejecting Padilla from the motorcycle. According to officials, he was not wearing a helmet and was transported to Platte Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
According to officials, speed and alcohol appeared to contribute to the crash. The Ram driver had no signs of impairment, was not injured, and cooperated with police.
The Traffic Safety Unit Investigates Fatal Motorcycle crashes and investigates severe and fatal crashes. This case is an ongoing investigation and anyone who has information regarding the call the Brighton Police Department tip line at 303-655-8740.
The Brighton Police public message urges everyone to use caution, pay attention, drive sober, and obey the speed limit.