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70-year-old man killed in single-vehicle motorcycle crash in Ashtabula County

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Posted at 9:09 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 21:09:57-04

PIERPOINT TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash that occurred in Ashtabula County Friday afternoon.

Around 1:20 p.m., a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling on U.S. Route 6 in Pierpont Township when it drove off the side of the road while negotiating a curve. The motorcycle then struck a ditch and vaulted into the air, troopers said.

The 70-year-old driver of the motorcycle, Richard Wood, was ejected from the vehicle, according to troopers.

Wood was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

Troopers believe speed may have been a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.