Fort Jennings man dead after motorcycle crash

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Sep. 18—BATH TOWNSHIP — A Fort Jennings man is dead after a crash Saturday afternoon in Bath Township.

According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at approximately 5:38 p.m. Saturday, James Walker, 42, of Fort Jennings was driving a 2016 Yamaha motorcycle northeast on Chapman Road near Bible Road in Bath Township. Walker failed to negotiate a right-hand curve onto Bible Road, instead driving across the center of the roadway and off the left side before striking a mailbox and a fence.

Walker succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Highway Patrol. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Investigators from the Highway Patrol believe that speed may have been a factor in the crash, although the crash remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages motorcyclists to always wear helmets while riding.