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LIBERTY — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash late Friday night, July 5.

According to Liberty police spokesman Capt. Andy Hedrick, the crash happened at the intersection of Missouri Highway 291 and Glenn Hendren Drive around 11:45 p.m.

Investigators determined a 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle was traveling north on the highway when it and a southbound Ford Explorer collided at the intersection.

The 26-year-old motorcyclist from Kansas City, Taylor Joyce, was killed.

The four people in the Ford were not injured.

The accident remains under investigation by the Liberty Police Department.

Elsewhere in the state throughout the July 4 holiday weekend, the Missouri Highway Patrol reported 376 crashes that resulted in 139 injuries and 12 fatalities. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated nine of the fatal traffic crashes. Belton Police Department, Springfield Police Department and St. Louis Metro Police Department each investigated one fatality.

Troopers also made 160 driving-while-intoxicated arrests and 110 drug arrests over the holiday weekend. Highway patrol troopers worked 11 boating crashes, which included five injuries and zero fatalities. Troopers made 12 boating-while-intoxicated arrests and 28 drug arrests. There were three drownings over the holiday weekend.

The 2019 Fourth of July holiday counting period began at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, and ran to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630.

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