Neighbors find man in yard after fatal motorcycle crash

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Motorcycle accident (Photo: Chris Yarzab / CC BY 2.0)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating after man was killed while riding a motorcycle in Wilmington.

Around 6:50 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to the intersection of Eagles Nest Road and Osprey Lane, where they found Robert Joseph Lane, 39, dead.

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WPD says it appears Lane was traveling east on Eagles Nest at some point during the night, when he missed the curve and ran off the right side of the road into a front yard. Lane was then thrown from the bike and through a wooden fence, likely hitting the tree on the other side.

Police say the homeowners were not home at the time. Neighbors reportedly found Lane at daylight Thursday morning.

This case is still under investigation.