A 71-year-old trying to avoid a tree was killed in a crash along the Blue Ridge Parkway, officials said.
The man was riding a motorcycle through North Carolina when he came around a curve and braked for the fallen tree. He then “crashed into a heavily wooded area with his motorcycle coming to rest approximately 20 feet off the roadway” on Tuesday, Aug. 2, according to the National Park Service.
The motorcyclist died at the scene. He was identified in a news release as William Dashiell of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Park officials reported being called at about 10:30 a.m. to the site of the single-vehicle crash, off the parkway’s southbound lane and near mile marker 358. The area is south of Mount Mitchell, which bears a summit that’s the highest point on this side of the Mississippi River.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic route that stretches more than 400 miles through the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia.
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