Last updated at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, June 26


Anchorage police say a soldier from Junction City, Kansas is dead following a motorcycle crash on Minnesota Drive near W. 40th Avenue.


Army Staff Sgt. Maurice Tucker, 31, a platoon sergeant with the 4th Brigade Airborne Combat Team stationed at Joint Bast Elmendorf-Richardson, was killed after being thrown from his motorcycle Saturday evening.


Two fellow soldiers who he was riding with at the time, along with first responders, provided medical aid, but Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a release issued Monday by the U.S. Army Public Affairs Office.


“We received a report from a motorist that observed a motorcyclist lose control, go off the highway and it struck a power pole,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in an email to KTVA.


In a later email, police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said prior to the crash, witnesses saw the driver of the motorcycle, an adult male, stopped at a red light at the intersection of Minnesota Drive and Spenard Road.


“When the light turned green, the motorcyclist took off at a high rate of speed. He lost control, began doing ‘speed wobbles,’ and was thrown from the bike,” Oistad wrote. “His body hit a light post at the southwest corner of Minnesota and Jefferson [Avenue].”


The motorcycle was the only vehicle involved in the crash, according to police.


Castro said the State Medical Examiner’s officer will take custody of the body of the motorcyclist, who Oistad said has been identified as a member of the Armed Forces.


His next of kin have been notified.


Correction: An earlier version of this story attributed a quote to Renee Castro. The information was from APD spokesperson Renee Oistad. The story has been corrected. 


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