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Jefferson County man killed in motorcycle crash

September 14, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — A 20-year-old Jefferson County man died Wednesday afternoon after crashing the motorcycle he was riding on Kearneysville Pike south of Shepherdstown, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

John Jacob Link of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., was pronounced dead at the scene in the 1800 block of Kearneysville Pike (W.Va. 480), less than a half mile south of Persimmon Lane, shortly after emergency responders were dispatched about 2:45 p.m., investigating Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. V.C. Lupis said.

Link was riding south on a black 2006 Honda CBR 600 when the motorcycle went off the west side of the road, down an embankment and then clipped some trees in a wood line, Lupis said.

The bike came to rest in a field, and Link was found several feet away, according to Lupis.

“There is no evidence of any other vehicles being involved in the accident at this time,” Lupis said.

The accident still is being investigated, and Lupis could not say where Link was traveling from or his intended destination.  

The cause of the crash was not available, and Lupis could not say whether speed was a contributing factor.

Members of Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department, Shepherdstown Police Department, Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency and a county coroner also responded to the crash, Lupis said.   

Anyone with information about the accident can contact Lupis at the sheriff’s office at 304-728-3205.

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