UPDATED: Authorities identify motorcyclist killed by falling tree in Cedar Canyon

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CEDAR CITY — A motorcycle rider was killed by a falling tree in Cedar Canyon on Friday afternoon, police said.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Randy Riches said two men were riding their motorcycles single-file on eastbound state Route 14 near mile marker 11 when a large tree fell from the south side of the road and struck the first motorcyclist in the head. 

“The impact knocked him from his motorcycle and he sustained fatal injuries,” Riches said, adding that the second rider was able to slow down before striking the fallen tree.

“His motorcycle was disabled, but he was not injured,” Riches said of the second rider. 

The wind is a probable reason that the tree came down, Riches added.

On Monday, UHP officials released the name of the rider who died, identifying him as 60-year-old Daryl Weaver of Texas.

This report is based on information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Updated May 24, 9 p.m. to include the identity of the rider who died.

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