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NMSU Police continue investigation into fatal crash

New Mexico State University Police are continuing their investigation into the fatal crash of a motorcycle on Tuesday evening.


The driver of the motorcycle has been identified as Matthew Lee Richter, 23. He was driving a yellow 2004 Suzuki motorcycle east on University Avenue when he was observed by an NMSU officer at the intersection of Espina Street. Dash camera video from the police unit has revealed that the officer attempted to stop the motorcycle at the intersection of University Avenue and Solano Drive, but the motorcycle fled the scene. The motorcycle drove east in the westbound and center turn lanes at a high rate of speed until he collided with two vehicles just east of the intersection of Locust Street and University Avenue.

The officer who attempted to stop Richter is Officer John Paul Harper. Upon witnessing the crash, Harper attempted to render aid to Richter. Richter was transported by emergency medical crews to Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the first vehicle, a 2002 Toyota RAV4, struck by the motorcycle is a 22-year old female who is a student at NMSU. She did not sustain any injuries during the crash. The driver of the second vehicle, a 2006 Nissan Titan pickup truck, that was hit head-on by the motorcycle is a 25-year old female who is a former student at NMSU. She suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from the hospital.

The dash camera video will be released by the NMSU Police after the victim's next-of-kin 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.