Burnsville Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

A 41-year-old Yancey County man, who had been reported missing on Sunday July 12th after he did not return home from a motorcycle ride, was found deceased Monday afternoon near Whitt Bottoms in western Yancey County. The body of Thomas Fortner was found in the woods just off the highway where NC Highway Patrol officials surmise that the 750 Honda that he was riding left the road in a curve and struck several trees. The Highway Patrol stated that Fortner had ridden the bike only twice before the accident happened, according to family members, and that he was not speeding but was probably going a little too fast for his level of experience riding on the curvy road. The Patrol cautions motorcycle riders to slow down and be aware of the dangers of riding on mountain roads this summer and throughout the year.

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