Motorcycle wreck kills one

VIENNA – One person died after police chased a motorcycle across Parkersburg and Vienna, ending in a collision that closed down Rosemar Road in Vienna on Friday evening, officials said.

The rider of the motorcycle passed away from his injuries on Friday evening, said Chief Deputy Shawn Graham of the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

The rider’s name was not released on Friday evening.

The accident occurred at 7:18 p.m. Friday while the rider was trying to flee from a mix of law enforcement officials after troopers attempted to pull him over for a minor traffic violation, officials said.

An unknown off-duty paramedic came onto the scene soon after the wreck and reportedly assisted the motorcycle rider until ambulances arrived, said Lt. D.C. Massey with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office said. The paramedic’s identity was not released on Friday.

The accident occurred when the motorcycle rider attempted to pass a vehicle on the left at high speed while in a right-hand turn on Rosemar Road between Orchard Avenue and Briscoe Road, Massey said.

The chase began in Parkersburg at 7:12 p.m. Friday, said Trooper A. Wooten with the Wood County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Wooten saw the rider commit an unspecified minor traffic violation, he said. The rider was recognized as someone whose operator’s license was known to be suspended, Wooten said.

Wooten pursued the rider on several Parkersburg streets until he lost sight of him on 36th Street as he turned onto Emerson Avenue, he said.

By that point, members of the State Police and Wood County Sheriff’s Office had joined the chase, said Massey. They ended the pursuit when they lost track of the suspect as he turned onto Emerson Avenue.

A few minutes later, another deputy spotted the motorcycle heading westbound on Rosemar Road and began the pursuit again, Massey said.

The motorcycle drove around a car in a blind right-hand turn as he approached the entrance to Briscoe Road and miscalculated the turn, Massey said.

The motorcycle rider struck the driver’s side of a 2014 black Toyota Tundra pickup driven by Todd Echard, 48, of Boaz. The pickup was disabled during the wreck and had to be towed from the scene.

Echard’s pickup crashed into the guard rail on the left side of the road. Echard and his daughter, Kylie Echard, 24, of Boaz, were both uninjured in the crash.

Officers with the Wood County Crash Team investigated the incident. At least 147 pieces of the motorcycle were strewn about both lanes of Rosemar Road for more than 200 feet. The motorcycle itself was partially hidden among the high grass on the westbound side of Rosemar Road.