Motorcyclist dies in Northland crash

Kansas City police today identified a 37-year-old man who died in a motorcycle crash in his Northland neighborhood as Michael L. Wood.

Wood had borrowed the motorcycle from a friend and was riding westbound on Northeast 44th Street at North Hardesty Avenue on Wednesday night when he apparently lost control and struck the back of a parked pickup truck. Police were investigating whether high speeds were a factor in the 10:30 p.m. crash. Wood was wearing his helmet, police said, but he died at a hospital from severe injuries.