Blue Ridge Parkway motorcycle crash leaves Weaverville man dead

A Weaverville man died July 31 in a single-vehicle collision on his motorcycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway, according to a statement from the National Park Service.

Shawn Emory, 38, of Weaverville, the motorcycle driver, was pronounced dead later that day at a “local hospital,” the news release said. 

Parkway dispatchers received a report at 9:30 a.m. July 31 of a single motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle near Milepost 398, near the Chestnut Cove Overlook about 5 miles south of Asheville at the N.C. 191/Brevard Road intersection.

When rangers arrived on the scene, according to the news release, they “observed the motorcycle laying on its side near the guard rail.”

According to the Park Service, a preliminary investigation shows that Emory was traveling southbound in an uphill curve when he lost control and overcorrected. The motorcycle left the road and struck the guard rail. Emory was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered serious injuries.  

Emory was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

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