LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Metro Police says speed played a role in the crash that killed a motorcycle driver early Friday morning.

The crash happened on East Chestnut after 12:30 a.m. in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood.

Police say 22-year-old Damien Allen was riding at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the bike and hit a fence.

Family members riding behind the motorcyclist in a separate vehicle saw the crash and took him to the hospital where he died.

Allen was not wearing a helmet.

The crash shut down a section of Chestnut for about two hours, that street has since reopened.