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Police identify victim in motorcycle crash

May. 07, 2013 @ 12:25 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Authorities estimate a Morehead, Ky., motorcyclist fell 49 feet to his death late Sunday morning when his motorcycle struck a retaining wall, propelling him into the air and over the concrete barrier.

It happened about 11:25 a.m. Sunday as the motorcycle crossed the 31st Street bridge from Proctorville, Ohio, into Huntington. Investigators believe alcohol was a contributing factor, according to a press release issued by the Huntington Police Department.

Police identified the deceased as Vickers W. Shore, 50. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Huntington Police Patrolman Scott Hudson said investigators believe Shore's motorcycle failed to negotiate the southbound ramp's sharp, right curve. It happened just past where the two-lane bridge splits into separate, one-lane ramps.

Shore landed in some brush below the bridge, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators were undetermined at midday Monday as to precisely what contributed to the crash, however Hudson said indications that alcohol might have been involved should serve as a reminder that any amount of alcohol and motorcycles do not mix. The bridge was closed into Sunday afternoon as crews cleared and investigated the crash.

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