Motorcyclist dies after being hit by a car on M1 between West Wallsend and Ryhope

UPDATE, Wednesday 3pm:

Police are appealing for information to identify a motorbike rider after a fatal crash on the M1 at Killingworth, about 25km west of Newcastle in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Police have been told that about 1.05am two motorbikes were travelling south on the M1 Motorway when one rider came off his Kawasaki Ninja and was hit by a car also travelling south after coming to a stop in the road.

The car's driver, a 25-year-old woman, contacted emergency services. She was taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory testing.

The rider was unable to be revived and died at the scene. He is yet to be identified.

Police said the second motorcycle rider did not stop.

Officers from Newcastle City Police District attended the scene of the crash. Inquires are now being conducted by Newcastle Crash Investigation.

Investigators are urging anyone who may have been driving along the M1 around the time of the incident and witnessed or captured dashcam footage of the motorbikes to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

"Police would particularly like to speak with the rider who was riding with the deceased man," a police statement said.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page: nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

EARLIER:

A motorcyclist has died after coming off his bike on the M1 between West Wallsend and Ryhope in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Police were told that two motorbikes were travelling southbound on the M1 expressway at speed about 1am when one rider came off his bike.

He was thrown from the bike onto the road before being hit by a car also heading south, police said.

The rider died at the scene.

The rider of the second motorbike did not stop.

The female driver of the car was taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory tests.

Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit will assist Lake Macquarie police with a full investigation and are calling for any witnesses, or anyone who may have dash-cam footage of the two motorbikes just prior to the crash, to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page: nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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