Greeneville motorcyclist killed in one-vehicle wreck

Jeff Bobo • Jul 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM

A Greeneville man was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday afternoon south of Rogersville after he was ejected from the dirt bike he was riding and his body struck a house.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Maxey stated in his report that the accident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. as Allen T. Laws, 35, 880 Black Bear Road, Greeneville, was riding a 2004 Honda CXS dirt motorcycle south on Tunnel Hill Road not far from the Burem Road intersection. Laws failed to negotiate a curve and slid off the right side of the roadway.

The motorcycle then “sideswiped” a utility pole, at which time Laws was ejected from the motorcycle.

Maxey stated in the report that Laws was not wearing a helmet, and after being ejected from the motorcycle his body struck a house on Tunnel Hill Road.

The house is an occupied residence, but no one was home at the time of the accident.

Hawkins County EMS and the Striggersville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, as did the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office. Initially a rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene until it was determined that Laws was deceased.

The motorcycle was not a street-legal vehicle, according to Maxey’s report.

Maxey stated in the report that neither alcohol nor drug use was suspected, although a toxicology test was requested, as is routine. The cause of the accident was cited in Maxey’s report as excessive speed.

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