DES MOINES, Iowa — A deadly crash in Des Moines took the life of a motorcyclist early Sunday morning

The crash happened before 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning at the intersection of Prospect and Hickman road.

When first responders arrived, they found a 57-year-old man dead at the scene. The name of the victim has not been released.

Investigators said he was traveling westbound on Hickman when he lost control and left the roadway. The motorcycle crashed before coming to rest on the north side of the road.

“What we are seeing most is that there is some either careless behavior on the motorcycle rider or distraction from a vehicle operator and those two things are very easy to fix. That could prevent a lot of accidents from happening,” said Des Moines Police Department Sergeant Paul Parizek.

The police department said they have investigated ten serious or fatal crashes involving a motorcycle in 2022. In 2021 they only investigated eight. Police said this is a 25 percent increase from a year ago.

“Some people say an increase of two being 25% isn’t a big deal. I think their families think it is a big deal. We think it’s a big deal because we are here to keep you safe on the roads,” Parizek said.

This is the 14th traffic-related fatality this year and the sixth fatality involving a motorcycle.