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.
This is the second motor vehicle related death on the parkway in less than a week, and the sixth so far this year, according to parkway spokesperson Leesa Brandon.
Alexis Bolduc, 18, of Mocksville, died in a single-vehicle car accident July 26. She was the passenger in a car traveling southbound on a downhill curve when the car left the roadway and landed on a guardrail near Milepost 441, near the Waynesville Overlook in Haywood County.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most-visited unit of the National Park Service, receiving 14.1 million visitors in 2020. The scenic roadway stretches 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and passes through Asheville, ending at the entrance to the Great Smokies in Cherokee.
The wreck on July 31 marks the ninth fatality so far this year on the parkway, according to Brandon.