UPDATE: Police identify man who died in morning motorcycle crash; second fatal crash this week
UPDATE: Chattanooga police have identified the rider of a motorcycle that was killed in a morning crash on Hixson Pike Tuesday.
Thomas Allison, 55, was traveling north on Hixson Pike in the right lane when a truck driven by 86-year-old James Webb turned in front of him.
Allison was thrown from his Harley-Davidson and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
The driver of the truck told police he never saw the motorcycle. He stayed at the scene of the crash and cooperated with police.
The investigation will continue, according to police.
PREVIOUS STORY: Just after 6 o’clock Tuesday morning, an SUV collided with a motorcyclist, claiming the life of the rider.
Sergeant Michael Ortel says during a preliminary investigation of the crash, the driver of the SUV was attempting to turn left in front of the motorcycle and that's when the crash happened in the 5100 block of Hixson Pike.
“It looks like he just didn't see the motorcyclist, but again we're still looking to see into all aspects of the accident,” said Ortel.
This is the second fatal crash this week involving a motorcycle.
Ortel says it's unusual to have crashes like these this time of year, he says he hopes this doesn't become a trend.
“Typically this time of year we don't have motorcycles out because of the temperature,” said Ortel. “It is kind of strange to have two back to back.”
Chattanooga police stayed at the scene for hours to take pictures and scans of the crash.
They are encouraging every driver to double check their surroundings, and want every driver to pay close attention to motorcyclists on the road while driving..
“It's very difficult at night to see motorcyclist because It just has the one headlight you just have to be on your guard and watch out for things,” said Ortel.
The driver of the SUV was not hurt and is cooperating with police.