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The Arkansas State Police has identified the motorcyclist who died Jan. 1 in Fort Smith after a pursuit by a trooper.

James Degnan, 24, of Fort Smith, was riding a motorcycle west on Grand Avenue when a trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, according to a state police crash summary.

Degnan fled and when he approached the intersection with North Waldron Road, he ran a red light, according to the report.

The motorcycle struck the side of a SUV in the intersection, according to the report, and Degnan died at the scene.

The state police agency requested Fort Smith police handle the investigation, according to a department Facebook post.

State Desk on 01/09/2020

Print Headline: Motorcyclist killed in crash identified

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