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Motorcyclist killed in possible street racing crash

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A 20-year-old Roswell motorcyclist was killed in south Roswell Monday night in a wreck police believe may have been the result of street racing.

The Roswell Police Department said Michael R. Torrez died at the scene of the accident at South Main and Burkett streets that occurred at about 7:40 p.m.

Police said the investigation determined Torrez was traveling about 180 mph or more when the motorcycle crash occurred. Torrez was wearing a helmet, but police said he suffered extensive injuries when he came off the motorcycle during the accident and his body struck a light pole in the median.

“Investigators also believe the motorcycle may have been racing with two cars,” said RPD spokesperson Todd Wildermuth. “The public’s help is being sought in providing information that could help locate those cars or offer any other details about the accident.”

Police said the investigation found the 2000 model motorcycle that Torrez was riding south on South Main Street went from the street onto the median and struck bushes.

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“At that point, the investigation found, Torrez separated from the motorcycle, either involuntarily or voluntarily,” Wildermuth said in the news release. “The unmanned motorcycle continued to roll and topple almost 400 yards farther south, first in the median and then crossing the southbound lanes of South Main and continuing south in the west-side shoulder of the street.”

Police said evidence at the scene led investigators to estimate the motorcycle was traveling at least 179 mph at the time of the crash, which began at the South Main Street intersection with Burkett Street. That section of South Main Street has a posted speed limit of 50 mph.

“While speed was a very significant factor in the accident, any other potential factors that may have contributed to causing Torrez to lose control of the motorcycle remain under investigation,” Wildermuth said. “People in the area whom investigators spoke to did not see the accident the moment it occurred, but some people believed two cars may have been racing with the motorcycle just before the accident. Descriptions of the cars — which investigators believe left the scene following the motorcycle wreck — are very limited and investigators are asking anyone who may have seen these cars to call RPD.”

Wildermuth said witnesses could only recall that one car may have been white, and the other may have been red with a black stripe or black with a red stripe.

Police asked anyone who witnessed the accident or who has information about the two cars to call the RPD at 575-624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS.