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Motorcycle crash kills 17-year-old in Old South early Monday morning

A motorcycle came to rest on the front lawn of a home on Ridout Street in London, Ont. following an early morning crash on July 17, 2017.
A motorcycle came to rest on the front lawn of a home on Ridout Street in London, Ont. following an early morning crash on July 17, 2017. Travis Dolynny/AM980

London police are investigating a motorcycle crash that left a 17-year-old male dead early Monday morning.

Emergency crews responded to the area of Ridout Street and Elmwood Avenue in Old South at around 1:40 a.m. after reports of a motorcycle crash.

Police say the motorcycle was travelling northbound on Ridout when it lost control and struck a hydro pole and newspaper stand. The bike came to rest around 140 feet from the point of impact.

The lone occupant of the bike was transported to hospital with injuries considered to be life threatening. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Police say they will not be releasing the name of the victim.

Investigators from Traffic Management Unit remain on the scene Monday morning.

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The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but speed is believed to have been a factor.

Ridout Street was closed between Elmwood Avenue and Craig Street for several hours, but has since reopened.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is being asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to http://www.londoncrimestoppers.com.