Bluff City man identified as victim of fatal Thursday crash

Rain Smith • Apr 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM

A motorcyclist who died Thursday evening after being struck head-on by an SUV has been identified as a Bluff City man, while the other driver involved claims to have fallen asleep behind the wheel.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports Michael K. Musselman, 60, was killed in the crash on Devault Bridge Road. He was airlifted from the scene to Johnson City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m., when a 16-year-old driver of a 1999 Toyota 4Runner crossed the centerline and struck Musselman's Harley Davidson. According to statements in a crash report, the driver told police he had fallen asleep.

An investigation into the crash is continuing.

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