A 53-year-old Billings man died early Sunday morning after crashing his motorcycle on Neibauer Road. 

Richie Klein died as a result of blunt force trauma to his head, according to Yellowstone County Coroner Cliff Mahoney. 

The Montana Highway Patrol believes Klein failed to negotiate a right-hand curve on Neibauer when he crashed at about 1:30 a.m. near the road's intersection with Esther Rose Lane, a street located south of ZooMontana. 

Klein had been eastbound when he went off the left side of the road, rolling his motorcycle. The motorcycle eventually came to a rest on the shoulder of the eastbound side of the road, per an MHP crash narrative. 

Klein was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. MHP is investigating the possibility speed was a factor. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

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Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.