A 29-year-old Army captain died in a motorcycle crash Tuesday morning in Colorado Springs, officials said.
Capt. Patrick S. Jones was traveling west on Dublin Boulevard when he collided with a pickup about 8:20 a.m. as that eastbound driver tried to turn north onto Tutt Boulevard, police said.
At one point, the helmeted motorcyclist and his bike were on fire, police said. Jacob R. Saldua of Lubbock, Texas, was cited Wednesday for a Class A traffic infraction. He reportedly turned left in front of the motorcycle, which was speeding, police said. Neither drugs nor alcohol are considered factors in the crash.
Jones, who is from California, joined the Army in October 2010 and had been assigned to the 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command since May 2016, according to a Peterson Air Force Base release.
He was deployed to Afghanistan with Operation Enduring Freedom and received a variety of awards, including three Army Commendation Medals.
Jones was smart and always upbeat, said his mother, Gloria Diamond, who lives in Oregon.
"Patrick was a character. He had a good sense of humor," she said, adding that he wanted to make a career out of the military. He studied history at California State University in Sacramento, where he joined ROTC.
Jones' death marks the city's fourth motorcycle fatality in Colorado Springs this year, police said.
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