Man killed in motorcycle crash in Virgin River Gorge identified

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UPDATE: Police have identified the rider as 48-year-old Juan Jose Ortiz, of Henderson, Nevada. 


ARIZONA (ABC4 News) One man is dead and another critically injured after a motorcycle rider hit a median while traveling in the Virgin River Gorge Sunday afternoon. 

According to the Beaver Dam / Littlefield Fire Department, the crash happened around 2 p.m. at mile marker 13, just south of St. George, Utah. 

The man was riding his motorcycle along with a second motorcylist. The rider was pronounced dead on scene.  The other rider was transported to the hospital in critical but stable condition, it is not known how the second rider got injured. 

The interstate was shut down while the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department investigated. The cause of the crash has not been determined. 

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