Trash truck kills motorcyclist on West End

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A 54-year-old Springfield man died after a trash truck struck his motorcycle at the intersection of Van Dorn Street and Taney Avenue early Thursday morning.     
    
Authorities pronounced Rakesh Bhatt dead at the scene shortly after the two vehicles hit one another about 7:07 a.m., June 30. The truck, heading north on Van Dorn Street, struck Bhatts motorcycle while taking a right turn onto Taney Avenue. 
    
The truck driver isnt facing any charges, though that could change pending the investigations outcome, said Ashley Hildebrandt, Alexandria Police Department spokeswoman. 
    
Officials have not released the name of the drivers employer, though a city spokesman said the individual was not a municipal employee. 
    
The departments crash reconstruction team is heading the investigation, which could take up to several weeks to complete, Hildebrandt said. 
    
Authorities urge anyone with additional information about the crash to contact the department at 703-838-4444.

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