Motorcyclist Killed in Las Vegas Crash Identified

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities in Las Vegas have identified a motorcyclist killed in a head-on collision involving a wrong-way motorist who faces a felony driving under the influence charge.

The Clark County coroner said Monday that 58-year-old Jim Edd Burchette of Las Vegas was killed in the Sunday afternoon crash on Nellis Boulevard near Cheyenne Avenue.

A ruling on the cause and manner of Burchette's death is pending.

Jail records show that 40-year-old Prentiss Bates is being held pending a court appearance Tuesday on charges including DUI and driving without a license.

Police say Bates wasn't hurt in the crash.

He's accused of being behind the wheel of a Ford Focus that crossed a center median and slammed into Burchette's custom 2006 motorcycle. Burchette was killed at the scene.


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