IMPD identifies motorcyclist killed in crash after police chase

Published: .
Updated: .

Authorities have identified the motorcyclist who died in a crash early Sunday morning following a police pursuit.

The motorcycle driver was 40-year-old Richard Wilkins of Indianapolis. The coroner's office made the identification through fingerprints.

At approximately 5:00 am Saturday, an officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department attempted to make a traffic stop on a speeding and erratic driver of a motorcycle in the 2100 block of Arlington Avenue.

The driver of the motorcycle refused to stop and led police on a high-speed chase.

IMPD continued the high speed police chase for more than 15 minutes Saturday morning. The chase reached speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. 

The motorcyclist disregarded a number of traffic control signals and eventually collided with a silver Kia vehicle at 38th Street and Boulevard Place near Crown Hill Cemetery on the near north side.

The impact of the collision threw the motorcyclist off of the motorcycle causing a number of injuries.

The driver of the motorcycle was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital by EMS crews in critical condition. He later died from his injuries. 

The driver of the Kia was uninjured and is cooperating with police.

Currently, members of IMPD's Accident Investigation Unit are investigating the crash.

No other injuries were reported to any other citizens or officers.