Speed may have led to death of teen motorcyclist

London police investigated a fatal motorcycle crash in Old South early Monday morning and suspect speed and experience behind the wheel may have played a role in the accident.

A 17-year-old was the victim of the latest fatal motorcycle crash, the third in the region this month

London police investigate a fatal motorcycle crash on Ridout Street in Old South early Monday morning. (Amanda Margison/CBC News)

A 17-year-old motorcyclist has been killed after an early morning crash in Old South Monday.

Police were called to the scene at 1:40 a.m. where investigators said a motorcycle had struck a pole, snapping it in half, on Ridout Street near Elmwood. 

The driver was taken to hospital but died a short time later. 

"While the police investigation into the circumstances is ongoing, it is believed that speed was a factor in this collision," read a statement from London police.

London police investigate a crash that killed a motorcyclist on Ridout Street in Old South early Monday morning. (Amanda Margison/CBC News)

The accident marks the second fatal motorcycle crash in London since the start of July, with a third occuring in the Dorchester area. 

London police had closed down Ridout Street Monday morning while they conducted their investigation but the road has since been reopened.