Troopers said a New River Marine's family was nearby when he lost control of his motorcycle Saturday evening, hitting three parked cars.
Trooper M.T. Bryan said around 6 p.m. that night, 24-year-old Lance Corporal Loron Melton lost control of his motorcycle in the Coastal Plains Raceway parking lot.
According to Trooper Bryan, Melton "laid down" the bike and then hit three unattended, parked cars on the shoulder.
Melton was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital where investigators said he died.
While no one else was physically injured, Bryan noted Melton's wife, daughter, and mother-in-law were at the scene when the accident happened Saturday evening.
Troopers said driving without due caution was a factor in the fatal wreck.
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