Saltsburg man killed in Avonmore motorcycle crash

Sep. 16—A Saltsburg man was fatally injured when his motorcycle crashed early Saturday in Avonmore.

Westmoreland County Coroner Tim Carson said Tate Matthew Kaleda, 27, was riding east on Route 56 when he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve in the road at about 2:15 a.m.

The motorcycle crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, went off the road and struck a tree, Carson said.

Deputy Coroner Sean R. Hribal pronounced Kaleda dead at the scene. The death was ruled accidental, caused by blunt force trauma to the head.

Kaleda wasn't wearing a helmet, Carson said. He said speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Results of toxicology testing aren't expected to be available for several weeks.

State police and Avonmore police are investigating.

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