A Scioto County man has been killed in a single motorcycle crash. Terry J. Colley, 57, of Lucasville died when his motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into a tree.
The Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said they are still investigating the crash which occurred around 7:03 p.m. Monday. Troopers said Colley was driving a 2004 Kawasaki VN750 on Furnace Creek Road just off of Ohio Route 139, when he struck a tree after failing to negotiate a curve.
Units from Minford Squad 3 and the Minford Fire Department responded, and transported Colley to Southern Ohio Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.
Motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people in a car, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). And nearly half of all motorcycle deaths are the result of single-vehicle crashes.
Lieutenant Karla Taulbee of the Jackson District told the Daily Times Colley was not wearing a helmet. Ohio statistics show two-thirds of motorcycle fatalities involve people not wearing a helmet. According to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) there were 163 motorcycle fatalities in Ohio in 2015. Of those 57 were wearing helmets.
According to the Contrada & Associates website, the age group defined in a report that has the highest number of fatalities is 51-55 and 46-50 coming in second.
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