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Detectives: Excessive Speed Factor In 422 Crash Death

POTTSTOWN PA – The preliminary investigation by Montgomery County detectives into a June 29 (2013) crash on U.S. Route 422 near the Armand Hammer Boulevard exit in Lower Pottsgrove, which resulted in the death of a motorcyclist, indicates he was traveling at excessive speeds at the time, according to information published Tuesday (July 9) from the county District Attorney’s office.

Detectives: Excessive Speed Factor In 422 Crash DeathThe driver has now been identified as Ali I. Atif of Philadelphia. He was the sole victim of the multi-vehicle crash that occurred within the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation active construction zone on 422, where speeds are limited to 40 mph. Atif was said to have died from multiple injuries at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

The detectives’ investigation is continuing. An interim report cited by The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper said Atif’s motorcycle “collided with the back of a truck in front of him and he lost control.” No other details have been released.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is replacing two bridges and improving almost two miles of roadway along that stretch of the highway, as well as making major changes at the Armand Hammer entrance and exit ramps. To ensure vehicles’ speed in the construction zone is reduced, Lower Pottsgrove and North Coventry police and state troopers have conducted several ticketing campaigns there in recent months.

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