ROSWELL, N.M. — Authorities say a motorcyclist is dead after high-speed crash in south Roswell that may have involved racing against two cars.

Roswell police say 20-year-old Michael Torrez was traveling about 180 mph when the accident occurred Monday night.

They say Torrez died at the scene.

Police say Torrez was wearing a helmet, but suffered extensive injuries when he came off the motorcycle during the accident and his body struck a light pole in the median.

They say the street has a posted speed limit of 50 mph.

While speed was a significant factor in the accident, police say any other potential factors that may have contributed to causing Torrez to lose control of the motorcycle remain under investigation.

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