Argument between drivers may have led to a deadly crash in Luzerne County


An argument between drivers may have led to a deadly crash in Luzerne County.

Police responded around 6 a.m. Saturday to a report of a crash involving a vehicle and a motorcycle at 11th and McKinley streets in Hazleton.

According to police, the 24-year-old motorcycle rider was laying unresponsive on the sidewalk when emergency crews arrived.

EMS crews started working on the rider at the scene. He was pronounced dead at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton a short time later. Police have not yet identified the rider.

Authorities said the driver of the car was involved in an altercation with the motorcyclist.

The motorcycle rider took a "physical action" directed at the driver's side mirror of the car, then sped by the car, police said.

Investigators said the motorcycle was then rear-ended by the car at the intersection.

A 69 News crew at the scene also reported seeing a retaining wall damaged during the crash.

"This is a serious situation and will be thoroughly investigated to gather the facts to determine the cause of the accident," said Chief Jerry Speziale, Hazleton Police Department.

Police continue to investigate the incident.