LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The coroner identified the motorcyclist who died after crashing into an off-duty police officer in the far southwest valley on Saturday afternoon.

The coroner identified the motorcyclist as Charles Kirkling Jr., 34, of Las Vegas. Kirkling died from multiple blunt force injuries and his death was ruled as an accident.

According to police records, officers with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department responded about 2:16 p.m. on Jan. 12 to the intersection of South Buffalo Drive and Mountains Edge Parkway.

Metro Lt. Richard Meyers confirmed the crash involved a fatality, but said Nevada Highway Patrol was handling the investigation. 

In a statement, Trooper Jason Buratczuk said a Honda was driving eastbound on Mountains Edge Parkway at the Buffalo Drive intersection in the left turn lane. A Honda sports bike was westbound on Mountains Edge, going straight.



The car made a left turn on what's believed to be a blinking yellow light and collided into Kirkling. He was thrown from the bike and died on scene, Buratczuk said. 

The driver, identified as an off-duty Metro police officer, was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Investigators believe Kirkling was speeding, but that no one was impaired, Buratczuk said. 

The intersection was closed in all directions while authorities investigated. 



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