Local man dies in motorcycle wreck

Published 12:22 am Sunday, March 2, 2008

NATCHEZ — An accident on Cranfield Road involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle ended with a single fatality on Saturday night.

David Dunson, 33, died when his motorcycle slid under an oncoming truck.

Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Kirk was the first deputy on the scene.

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Kirk said the two vehicles were headed toward each other when the crash occurred.

The truck’s driver, Ronald Green, reported that Dunson appeared to be having difficulty keeping the motorcycle in his own lane, Kirk said.

Kirk said as the two vehicles continued, the motorcycle began to drift further into Green’s lane.

Kirk said Green had already begun to pull to the side of his lane, to allow the motorcycle more room, when the motorcycle struck the truck.

Kirk said Dunson slid completely under the vehicle.

Green said the motorcycle was going too fast to stay in one lane or brake in time to prevent the accident.

“He was speeding,” Green said.

A resident living near the scene of the accident, who asked to remain anonymous, described the sound of the motorcycle’s engine as “a high pitched scream,” just before the wreck.

The same resident said he has regularly reported excessive speeding of motorcycles and automobiles in the area to local law enforcement.

Adams County Coroner James Lee said Dunson’s death was caused by massive head and chest trauma.

“It was one of the worst motorcycle accidents I have ever seen,” he said. “It’s tragic.”