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Man killed in motorcycle accident

BUCKHANNON — A man who fled from law enforcement wrecked his motorcycle and died at the scene of the wreck off Childers Run, police said.

David Floyd Brown, 41, was driving a 2007 Honda CBR motorcycle belonging to a woman in Philippi on Saturday afternoon, according to the accident report from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.

The report stated Brown had a suspended license and drug use was suspected. Alcohol use was not suspected, according to the report.

Brown fled from law enforcement on Route 33, according to Cpl. Tyler Gordon’s investigation in the accident report. The motorcycle turned north onto Childer’s Run Road near Mosswood Lane and lost control, leaving the roadway to the left side of the vehicle, continued striking a small traffic sign pole used as a driveway marker off York Road, according to the report.

The motorcycle continued and struck a bush and a creek embankment. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and came to a rest in the creek bed where he was presumably deceased, according to the report. Upshur County EMS and a medical examiner arrived on scene at 3:44 p.m. Brown was pronounced dead at 3:59 p.m.

Gordon was assisted by Deputy Cole Bender and Cpl. V.J. Pyles from the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Buckhannon Police Officer Sam Kraemer also assisted.

A statement from Bender included in the accident report stated that Bender responded to a pursuit initiated by Gordon that began at Childers Run Crossing at approximately 3:14 p.m. Bender expedited to U.S. Route 33 and turned around across from the Huddle House and waited for the suspect to pass by.

Brown then drove by at an “extremely accelerated speed” and Bender attempted to catch up to him, but was unsuccessful, according to the report. Bender lost sight of Brown near Route 33 and the Route 20 intersection but thought he may have seen him turn onto Childers Run, so continued to look out for the motorcycle in the area after Gordon canceled the pursuit at 3:27 p.m. Kraemer then advised he had located the suspect and Bender arrived on scene at 3:33 p.m.

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