Arlington motorcyclist traveling ‘at a high rate of speed’ dead after crash

A motorcyclist is dead after a single vehicle crash in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday evening.

Gilberto Portillo-Solorzano, 27, of Arlington, was riding his motorcycle southbound on Walter Reed Drive at a high rate of speed when he lost control, struck a pole and was thrown from the vehicle, according to an Arlington County Police Department statement.

Medics transported Portillo-Solorzano to an area hospital with life threatening injuries, where he later died.

Police said they responded to the scene of the crash at approximately 7:44 p.m. Friday in the area of Walter Reed Drive and S. Wakefield Street for multiple reports of a crash with injury.

This crash remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Bartholomew of Arlington County police at 703-228-7012 or

Information can also be reported anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

A map of the area is below.

Matt Small

Matt joined WTOP News at the start of 2020, after contributing to Washington’s top news outlet as an Associated Press journalist for nearly 18 years.

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