A Yadkin County man lost his life when the motorcycle he was operating wrecked on N.C. 18 North in Wilkes County near the Alleghany County line late Sunday afternoon.

Jeffrey Eugene Helton, 53, was operating a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle southbound on N.C. 18 North when he wrecked in the first curve south of the Wilkes-Alleghany county line, said Trooper Sean Hall of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

“He was going a little too fast and lost control in the curve,” said Hall. This resulted in the motorcycle crossing over the northbound lane and hitting the metal guardrail along the downhill side of N.C. 18 North, he said.

Helton was ejected, hit the guardrail and came to rest near the motorcycle, said Hall, adding that he died at the scene.

Hall said Helton’s address was listed as 1149 Walnut Drive, Hamptonville. Damage to the motorcycle wasn’t extreme, he added.

The wreck was reported at 5:44 p.m. and resulted in traffic in both lanes of N.C. 18 North being closed to traffic for about an hour, added Hall.

The Laurel Springs Fire Department blocked traffic at the top of N.C. 18 mountain near the county line and the McGrady Fire Department blocked it at the bottom of the mountain.

Also responding were Wilkes Emergency Medical Services and Sgt. Jonathan Phillips, Trooper Jacob Cardwell and Trooper Joey Williams of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

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