Motorcyclist killed on Blue Ridge Parkway IDed as Rockingham County man

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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, Va. (WHSV) -- UPDATE (April 11):

Source: MGN

The National Park Service has identified the man killed in a motorcycle crash along the Blue Ridge Parkway earlier this week.

According to a news release by the parkway, 41-year-old Da'juan Morrison, of Rockingham County, was riding in a group of three motorcyclists heading north on the parkway.

Near Humpback Rocks, around mile post seven, the first motorcyclist in the group lost control while going around a curve and laid his bike down. Morrison, who was second in the group, lost control of his bike while attempting to avoid the first biker, police concluded.

He was ejected and struck a guardrail, dying at the scene.

The Virginia State Police continues to investigate.

Commenters on the WHSV Facebook page called Morrison "such a good guy," saying he will be missed by "his Costco family."

"He was so proud of his girls," said Lisa Alger in a comment. "Always laughing and joking. Going to miss your smile."

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ORIGINAL:

A motorcyclist was killed along the Blue Ridge Parkway on Tuesday evening, according to the National Park Service.

Around 5:30 p.m. on April 9, Blue Ridge Parkway Dispatch got a report of a fatal crash near mile post seven on the parkway.

That's in the area of the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center, just south of Afton Mountain.

Park officials say a group of three motorcyclists was heading north on the parkway. The lead biker entered a curve, lost control, and laid his bike down. Then, they say the operator of the second motorcycle lost control while trying to avoid the first motorcyclist. He was ejected from his bike and hit a guardrail.

He was identified as a 41-year-old male, but no name has been released. Law enforcement says he was pronounced dead at the scene.

There's no word on injuries to the first motorcyclist.

The Virginia State Police responded to the scene first and are carrying out an investigation.



 
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