Silt man killed in Friday motorcycle accident |

Silt man killed in Friday motorcycle accident

SILT, Colorado – An early morning motorcycle accident north of Silt on Friday claimed the life of a 51-year-old local man, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Ray Harper was reportedly headed west on Garfield County Road 250 on a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle sometime during the night on a straight section of roadway when he suddenly braked and skidded out, the State Patrol said in a press release.

“The motorcycle dropped on its right side and continued to slide down the roadway,” the press release state. “While sliding, [Harper] was still attached to the motorcycle.”

After the motorcycle came to a stop on the left side of the roadway, Harper’s legs were trapped under the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The State Patrol was called to the scene shortly after 6 a.m., but it was believed the accident occurred sometime overnight and was not discovered until daylight.

Harper was not wearing a helmet, the State Patrol said.

“Excessive speed is considered a factor in this accident,” the release said. However, “alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be involved.”

The Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Burning Mountain Fire and Rifle Towing responded to the scene.

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