A young father of four died in a motorcycle accident in Caneyville on Sunday night, June 29.
The incident which claimed the life of 26-year-old Phillip M. Beasley, of Caneyville, occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on South Main Street, according to responding officer, Detective Adam Cottrell, with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.
A witness at the scene of the accident told officers that she had been driving west on Highway 62 when she saw Beasley pull onto the roadway ahead of her on his Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle.
The witness told Cottrell that Beasley appeared to be travelling at a high rate of speed and she lost sight of him when the motorcycle made a left turn at the four-way stop onto South Main Street.
Moments later, the witness came to the scene of the accident and “saw motorcycle parts all over the roadway,” Cottrell said.
Upon examining the scene, Cottrell said that Beasley appeared to have crossed the opposite lane of traffic and run off of the roadway on the north-bound side at around 316 South Main Street.
After exiting the roadway, Cottrell said the motorcycle followed a grass ditch for some ways, leaving indentation marks in the grass which indicate that Beasley was attempting to regain control of the vehicle.
The rider and motorcycle then hit a concrete culvert, where the rider remained. The motorcycle continued on across both lanes of traffic and came to a rest in the grass on the opposite side of the road.
Gouges in the roadway show that the motorcycle was “hopping,” hitting the roadway at 20- to 30- foot intervals after the driver was ejected.
Beasley died at the scene.
“We don’t know for sure that speed was a factor,” Cottrell said, “but it appears so.”
The Caneyville Volunteer Fire Department and the Grayson County Coroner’s Office responded in addition to the GCSO.