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Motorcyclist killed after Wednesday morning crash near Lancaster

A Lancaster man was killed after his motorcycle ran off the road and hit a utility pole early Wednesday.

Troopers believe the crash happened around 2 a.m. but it wasn’t reported until around 8:20 a.m., according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A 2003 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling south on Todd Street when the bike left the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole, Miller said.

The driver, identified as 33-year-old Jonathan William Johnson of Shiloh Unity Road in Lancaster, died at the scene.

Johnson was not wearing a helmet, Miller said.

Troopers were still on the scene investigating at 10:30 a.m.

An autopsy and toxicology will be conducted Thursday morning, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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