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DES MOINES, IOWA — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash this morning on the east side of Des Moines and police say excessive speed was likely a cause.

It happened just after 7:00 am in the 2100 block of Guthrie Avenue. Witnesses tell police that a motorcyclist was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed when he hit a truck that was pulling out of convenience store onto Guthrie Avenue.

The motorcyclist was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police are not releasing his name at this time.