Fatality on N.C 18 South

A man operating the Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the foreground died Sunday afternoon when the motorcycle ran off N.C. 18 South and hit the guardrail in the upper left, causing the man to be ejected.

A Watauga County man died in a motorcycle accident on N.C. 18 South in the Boomer community Sunday afternoon.

Scott McDonough, 62, of Vilas was operating a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle southbound on N.C. 18 South when it went off the right side of the two-lane road and struck a guardrail. McDonough was ejected and landed on the other side of the guardrail.

The motorcycle continued along the guardrail about 50 more feet before stopping just beyond where the guardrail ends.

According to the report of Trooper Jacob Cardwell of the N.C. Highway Patrol, a witness in a vehicle behind the motorcycle saw the Harley-Davidson veer off to the right, leave the highway and hit the guardrail.

The wreck occurred about 2:20 p.m. on a straight section of N.C. 18 South about 1,500 feet east of the Thankful Church Road intersection with N.C. 18 South.

The Boomer Fire Department provided traffic control. Wilkes Emergency Medical Services also responded.

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