Speed blamed in two separate Smokies motorcycle crashes that killed one
By Don Jacobs, Knoxville News Sentinel
GATLINBURG, TN (News Sentinel) -
Authorities said speed is the common factor in two separate motorcycle crashes Sunday in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that killed one man and severely injured a second.
Both motorcycle operators had the benefit of approved helmets, according to National Park spokeswoman Dana Soehn.
Lawrence Overby Tuck IV, 24, of Knoxville died at the scene of the 8:38 p.m. crash, Soehn said.
Witnesses told investigating park rangers Tuck slid the northbound motorcycle into a guardrail about 8:38 p.m. just north of the tunnel on the Spur between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Gatlinburg emergency medical services declared Tuck deceased. A Gatlinburg ambulance transported Tuck to LeConte Medical Center where at 8:53 p.m. he was pronounced dead, Soehn said.