The Tuscaloosa Police Department has released the identity of a local man who was killed in a motorcycle crash on University Boulevard near the Strip Thursday night.

Stephanie Taylor, a spokesperson for TPD, said the victim was 56-year-old James Darrin Spencer, a Tuscaloosa man.

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The details of the fatal wreck are still unclear -- Taylor said Thursday night that the accident was originally called in as a hit-and-run with a vehicle, but later said TPD investigators are not yet sure of the circumstances that led to the deadly collision.

University Boulevard was closed at its intersection with 17th Avenue from 8:30 Thursday until 1 a.m., but all lanes were reopened Friday morning.

TPD's Accident Reconstruction Unit is still trying to determine how Spencer was killed.

Stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for updates on this case if and when they are made available.

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