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FRANKLINTON — A man was killed earlier this month when his motorcycle ran off the side of the road, according to a crash report.

David Lee Sledge, of Franklinton, died at the scene of the Aug. 3 crash. He was 65, according to his obituary.

No other vehicles or riders were involved in the crash.

According to an N.C. Highway Patrol report, Sledge was riding his custom 2006 motorcycle south on Pocomoke Road. Shortly after 4:30 p.m., Sledge turned around a curve in the 600 block of the road.

That's when the motorcycle ran off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned near a line of trees, according to the report.

Sledge was going an estimated 50 mph in the 55 mph zone. He was wearing a helmet, but was thrown from the motorcycle and landed beside the road, where he was pronounced dead.

The highway patrol was unable to determine what caused Sledge to run off the road, the report indicated.

Sledge had 13 grandchildren and is survived by his wife, Janet, his obituary said. It noted Sledge "loved riding motorcycles, racing cars, playing the guitar and spending time outdoors."