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MANSFIELD -- The motorcyclist who died Tuesday afternoon in a truck-motorbike crash has been identified, according to Mansfield Police.

Brandon Polak, 30, was driving a 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he collided with a 2011 Ford F550 truck around 4:38 p.m. at 452 Park Avenue West.

According to authorities, Polak was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. A 12-year-old male passenger on the motorcycle was transported to a local hospital for treatment of what is believed to be, non-life threatening injuries. The juvenile passenger was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the truck, 23-year-old William Mumea, and his passenger, 18 year old Logan Dauch, were not injured.

According to a police report, the crash occurred when the motorcyclist who was traveling westbound on Park Avenue West, struck the rear driver's-side area of the truck which was attempting to complete a left hand turn onto Park Avenue West, into the eastbound lanes from a drive area located on the north side of the street.

Both occupants on the motorcycle were ejected at impact.

Mansfield Patrol Officers and a Mansfield Police Crash reconstructionist at the scene were assisted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. No charges have been filed at this time but the crash remains under investigation.

It's the third motorcycle accident and second fatality in the last few days. In addition, a 12-year-old Shelby girl was killed last weekend when the bicycle she was riding collided with a vehicle.

Click here for some tips on motorcycle/vehicle safety from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation

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