SPRINGFIELD, W.Va. — A man was killed and a woman injured in a July 4 motorcycle crash in Hampshire County according to information released by West Virginia State Police Monday.

Troopers said at just before 7 p.m. Friday emergency crews dispatched to a crash on Clarence Taylor Road near Springfield. Troopers said Ryan Smith, 35, and his sidecar passenger, Sarah Taylor, 31, were heading southbound when it is believed Smith lost control negotiating a curve. Smith then traveled off an embankment and over the roadway edge. Both were thrown from the motorcycle and landed on a rocky area off the bank of the South Branch of the Potomac River.

Troopers said Smith died as a result of his injuries. Taylor remained hospitalized Monday at the West Maryland Medical Center.

Investigators said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

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  • Garry Myers

    If a different result is found and not believed. Will a correction be posted? ASSUME is a tough word!

    • cookie sisk

      I surely hope so....I think the alcohol comment should hve been withheld until proven. Why even put it in there. Family and friends are mourning the loss of a very sweet guy.......caring and very much loved by all who knew him.

  • Jonus Grumby

    "...alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash."

    'Nuff said.