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Aug 14, 2012 10:02 AM by Andy Koen

Road where accident occurred popular with motorcycle riders

State Troopers say a Colorado Springs man who died in a fatal motorcycle accident Monday night in Widefield was speeding when he lost control of his bike and drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic.

Michael Studebaker, 36, was riding a 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle when at around 5:30 p.m. he collided with a Chevy Malibu as it crested a hill on Goldfield Drive about a quarter of a mile north of Fontaine Boulevard. Studebaker was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers say it's likely the driver of the Malibu, 71-year old Miguel Lausell also of Colorado Springs, didn't even see the motorcycle until it was too late.

Trooper Ryan Comer says several witnesses described seeing Studebaker accelerating rapidly as he approached the hill. Goldfield Drive is a two lane scenic road that passes the Big Johnson Reservoir. Comer says it's popular with motorcycle riders because there is less traffic than on Powers Boulevard.

"It's a little bit of a scenic drive, it's a little bit of curves, we have had some motorcycle crashes here in the past," Comer said.

Lausell was wearing a seatbelt and was taken to Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Studebaker was wearing a helmet and protective clothing. Comer doesn't believe drugs or alcohol were involved.

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