Breaking News: Motorcyclist killed in crash on the Dragon
By Jessica Stith
of The Daily Times Staff
A 21-year-old Maryland man was killed when his motorcycle traveled off of the road and hit a tree on Calderwood Highway Monday night.
Jerrett Andrew Proctor, 21, Brandywine, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper John Pedigo.
Pedigo said Proctor was riding a 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa southbound on the Dragon with a group of family members on motorcycles.
"He came out of a curve and was traveling up the hill and he left the pavement," Pedigo said.
When Proctor's motorcycle left the roadway between mile markers 3 and 4 on the Dragon, the back of the bike struck a tree.
Pedigo said the motorcycle fell 23 feet down an embankment, and Proctor fell 27 feet from the roadway. Proctor landed under a tree that had been cut down.
"He left 230 feet and 7 inches of skid marks," Pedigo said. "Speed was a factor."
According to Suzuki's web site, the Hayabusa is the fastest motorcycle in the world.
Pedigo said Proctor was wearing a helmet. His body was taken by ambulance to Blount Memorial Hospital.
The Blount County Sheriff's Office, Rural/Metro Ambulance Service and the Blount County Volunteer Rescue Squad assisted THP at the accident scene.
Monday's accident resulted in the third traffic fatality this year in Blount County.
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Originally published: April 29. 2008 3:01AM
Last modified: April 29. 2008 1:55AM