BARTON — Police are saying that speed is to blame for a motorcycle crash that took the life of a 23-year-old man last night in Barton.
Philip Brown, of Waterville, was pronounced dead at North Country Hospital, after his motorcycle crashed at around 7:45 p.m. on the Barton Orleans Road, near the Pine Crest Motel.
According to a statement issued by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, Brown was clocked on radar traveling 90 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour speed zone on Lake Region Road, near the Lake Region Union High School.
Deputy Kyle Ingalls attempted to stop Brown afterward, as he continued on Route 5. Ingalls lost visual contact with the motorcycle due to the speed at which it was traveling, and ended up discontinuing the pursuit. Ingalls continued traveling toward the Barton Village.
Shortly thereafter, Ingalls came up on Brown laying in the roadway unresponsive. Fire and EMS services were called, and Brown was transported to North Country Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation into the crash is underway, and anyone who may have witnessed the incident is being asked to contact the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department at (802) 334-3333.