NATICK — A car driven by a Northboro man was hit from behind during a crash that killed a motrocyclist on the Massachusetts Turnpike early this morning.
Speed was a factor in the crash, state police said in a press release.
The crash involved two motorcycles and one car, a 2007 Infiniti FX driven by 43-year-old Evens Theodore of Northboro.
Motorcyclist Dewayne C. Holmes, 40, of Springfield was pronounced dead at the scene, and motorcyclist Robert Cephas, 39, of Springfield was taken to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham with serious injuries.
Mr. Theodore was uninjured in the crash, which occurred in the westbound lanes of the turnpike about 1:30 a.m.
According to a preliminary investigation, Mr. Holmes and Mr. Cephas were driving next to each other in the far-right travel lane when their motorcycles made contact.
Both men were ejected, and one of the motorcycles crashed into the Infiniti, which was traveling ahead in the same lane.
The crash remains under investigation by state police. The Natick Fire Department and the state Highway Division aided state police at the scene.
The far-right and middle lanes of the highway were closed for nearly three hours.