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Motorcyclist killed in Hwy. 70 wreck first 2014 fatality

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By Damon Lawrence

A Knox County man was killed in a Feb. 21 wreck in Roane County.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Rick W. Berry was riding a Honda VF1 motorcycle on Hwy. 70 near Gallaher Road around 4:40 p.m. when he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a culvert.

Berry, 62, was wearing a helmet.

No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

Emergency records painted a desperate scene.

The E-911 report said Berry was found unconscious with blood coming out of his mouth.

“Several folks have stopped to help,” the 911 report said.

The Feb. 21 accident was Roane County’s first fatal wreck of 2014.