ROCK HILL — A North Carolina motorcyclist died Saturday afternoon after troopers say he ran off the right side of a Rock Hill highway, hitting a tree and road sign before the was thrown from the bike.
York County Coroner Sabrina Gast identified the victim as Roger J. Blankenship, 48, of Kannapolis, N.C.
Blankenship was riding a 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on S.C. 901 near Sturgis Farm Road at about 3:50 p.m. when he ran off the right side of the road, said Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne.
The motorcycle hit a road sign and then a tree, Rhyne said, throwing Blankenship off.
He was not wearing a helmet, he said, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
No other injuries or cars were reported in the crash.
The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident.