Motorcyclist trying to escape police killed in crash

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COLCHESTER, Vt. (WCAX) Police say a motorcyclist trying to dodge cops in Winooski was killed in a crash in Colchester. Police have not yet released the biker's identity.

Broken parts, a smashed car and blocked lanes on Route 7 near the Winooski-Colchester line. Witnesses told WCAX News they saw a motorcyclist being chased by police and then debris went flying.

"I looked outside and noticed a bunch of traffic and eyed up the street and noticed a bunch of lights. I saw one car completely sideways. It looked like it was going out of like an on-ramp. And I saw a downed bike on the ground," Josh Leary said.

Leary works at the Shell station in Colchester next to the Exit 16 on-ramp. He said saw officers trying to save a life.

"I did see a police officer doing CPR on someone. I didn't see the person themselves, but I did see the actions of doing CPR," Leary said.

Police told us the incident started in Winooski near the Colchester town line.

"A motorcycle had accelerated quickly away from a Winooski police officer, and the motorcycle ran a red light and collided with a vehicle that was making a left turn onto Interstate 89," Vt. State Police Sgt. Paul Ravelin said.

We're told the 42-year-old biker was thrown from the motorcycle and later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say he wasn't wearing a DOT approved helmet.

They say speed is a factor and toxicology results are pending.

The woman driving the other car was fortunately not hurt.

We asked the police why the motorcyclist would have taken off. They said they're still piecing that together.

But Ravelin did say, "The identification has revealed that the operator had a suspended license and had a warrant for his arrest."

Traffic was delayed for hours while police directed drivers around the scene. The road reopened at about 5 p.m.