Deadly Duplin County Motorcycle Crash

A motorcyclist was killed very close to his home near Kenansville Sunday morning.

The Highway Patrol says Jeffrey Wellington died in a wreck on East Wards Bridge Rd., six miles northeast of Kenansville. The crash was reported around 6 a.m. Sunday.

Troopers say Wellington missed the stop sign at an intersection, drove off the road into a ditch and was thrown from his motorcycle. The investigation so far leads troopers to believe Wellington was driving 65 miles per hour and hit the ditch while going about 50 miles per hour. The impact was so hard that it knocked his helmet off.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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