Updated to note the recovery of a helmet at the scene.

Police have identified the motorcyclist killed in a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon under Highway 6 as a Lorena man, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Tuesday.

Lewis Towner, 49, was killed on an access road turnaround under Highway 6/Loop 340 near Imperial Drive, Swanton said. Towner, who was believed to be traveling at an unsafe speed for the roadway, crashed into a guardrail near the overpass, police said.

A helmet was found at the scene. Swanton said it is unclear if Towner was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Police reported Towner apparently was thrown from his Kawasaki motorcycle while making the sharp turn on the access road around 12:30 p.m. Witnesses told police that they heard Towner revving his motorcycle as he traveled down the road before the crash.

Swanton said the crash remained under investigation late Tuesday morning.

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Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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