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A man suspected of driving drunk, speeding and then fatally striking a motorcyclist in north Phoenix early Sunday faces a second-degree murder charge, according to a Maricopa County Superior Court document.
Fredrick Hurt, 39, was driving at what one witness described to Phoenix police as “oh-my-God speed” when the collision happened a short time after midnight, according to the court document.
Police said Hurt was driving a Chrysler 300 west on Thunderbird Road near 12th Street when his vehicle struck the back end of a 1995 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, according to the court document.
The collision sent the man driving the motorcycle airborne and caused the car and motorcycle to continue for 500 feet before stopping, the court document said. The car and motorcycle traveled for at least 500 feet before coming to a stop, the court document said.
The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet. He was taken to a local hospital where he died a few hours later, the court document said.
Police, with the help of a witness, were able to identify and arrest Hurt, the court document said.
Hurt had a blood-alcohol concentration of .128, according to the court record. The legal limit in Arizona is .08.
Hurt’s next court hearing is scheduled for July 17.
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