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UPDATE: NMSU police identify motorcyclist killed after brief pursuit near campus

New Mexico State University police are investigating a crash that killed a motorcyclist near campus Tuesday night.

A campus officer tried pull over Matthew Lee Richter, 23, after he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of University Avenue and Solano Drive, but Richter allegedly sped away.

Richter was allegedly speeding when he rode into oncoming traffic at and crash into two vehicles east of the intersection of Locust Street and University Avenue.

Harper immediately responded to the crash and attempted to render aid to Richter. Richter was taken to Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The motorcycle first hit a 2002 Toyota RAV4 driven by 22-year-old woman and NMSU student. She was not injured. A former NMSU student was driving a 2006 Nissan Titan pickup that was hit head-on by the motorcycle. The 25-year-old woman suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from the hospital.

NMSU officials said in a news release that dash-cam video from the officer’s unit will be released after the victim’s relatives have had an opportunity to view it and ask questions of the investigators, and after all witnesses that have been identified have provided their statements.

Richter was not a student at NMSU. According to his family, he moved to Las Cruces in December 2015.

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