Patricia Burke, 55, of London, was traveling south on a black Harley Davidson motorcycle when she crossed the centerline into the path of a Ford F-250. The truck was driven by Harlan Taylor, 55, of Girdler. According to KSP Trooper Shane Jacobs, Taylor tried to avoid the motorcycle but was unable to.
Burke was pronounced dead at the scene by Knox County Coroner Mike Blevins.
Taylor was taken to Knox County ARH for a blood test. This is standard in any type of fatality accident. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected at this time. No other injuries were reported.
The accident is under investigation by KSP Trooper Wayne Hensley. KSP Detective Bryan Johnson, the Knox County Sheriff’s Department and the Knox County Coroner’s Office assisted at the scene.