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Motorcyclist killed in Columbiana Co. crash

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

One man was killed Thursday in a motorcycle crash in Columbiana County.

Investigators said the motorcycle was driven by Justin D. Knapp, a 25-year-old from Wellsville, Ohio.

The crash happened around 2:40 Thursday afternoon along Y & O Road in Madison Township.

Investigators said they don't know who is to blame for the incident but Sgt. Craig Monte with the Ohio State Highway Patrol was able to tell us what authorities believed happened.

"A car was attempting to make a left-hand turn out of a private drive out of Y & O Road. The motorcycle went off the east edge of the roadway and the driver died as a result of his injuries."

Investigators believe Knapp was ejected, and by the time first responders arrived, it was too late.

"It appears as though most of the damage and injuries occurred as a result of going off the road and down into the ditch," said Monte. Investigators said Knapp was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. "When you are on motorcycles you have to use extra caution but it's also true that motorists have to look out for motorcycles, it's a two-way street so there's also different dynamics to different crashes."

The driver of the car was not injured and investigators have not filed any charges. The crash is still under investigation.

Motorcyclist killed in Columbiana Co. crash

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