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Motorcyclist Killed, 2 Injured In Crash On I-65

Motorcyclist Killed, 2 Injured In Crash On I-65

CREATED Jul 7, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  A motorcyclist died and two others were critically injured in a crash along Interstate 65 northbound on Saturday night.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said the crash was reported around 6 p.m. Saturday between the Madison and Rivergate Parkway exits. 

Investigators said 34-year-old Eric Lee Knight, of Adolphus, Kentucky, was killed in the crash. 

The investigation showed that a Nissan pickup truck blew a driver's side front tire, and the driver, identified as 45-year-old Gregory Crabtree Jr. of Joelton, ran into the road to pick up a piece of tire tread when he was struck by Knight's Harley Davidson motorcycle in the right lane.

The motorcycle then traveled onto the shoulder of the interstate between the pickup truck and the guardrail and struck the guardrail. Both Knight and his passenger, identified as 27-year-old Abigail McCormick of Oak Grove, Kentucky, were thrown off the bike.

Knight died at the scene. McCormick and Crabtree were both critically injured. McCormick was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, while Crabtree was taken to Skyline Medical Center.

Police said there was no indication of alcohol or drug involvement, and the preliminary contributing factor was a pedestrian in the roadway.