Motorcyclist killed in crash in Harlan ID’d

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HARLAN, Ind. (WANE) — A motorcyclist killed when he veered off S.R. 37 in Harlan and crashed Friday has been named.

The crash happened just before 10 p.m. in the 20700 block of S.R. 37 in Harlan.

An Allen County Sheriff’s Department report said Gregory M. Racioppi was headed south on S.R. 37 on a Harley Davidson Fat Boy when he drifted onto the gravel edge of the roadway and lost control.

The motorcycle laid down on its side then became upright again before it laid back down, the report said.

Racioppi was thrown from the bike and was found in the grass nearly 40 feet from the motorcycle, the report said. He appeared to have a compound fracture on his lower right leg and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Racioppi died of blunt force injuries due to the crash and his death was ruled an accident.

The sheriff’s department report listed “unsafe speed” as the primary factor in the crash.

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