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UPDATE: Motorcyclist dies in 1-vehicle wreck

A motorcyclist died early Monday in a one-vehicle wreck at J.R. Allen Parkway and Second Avenue, authorities said.

Patrick K. Monk, 22, of Phenix City died after his motorcycle crashed at the off ramp leading to Second Avenue, authorities said. He died of blunt force trauma to the head and chest, Coroner Bill Thrower said.

“It was a pretty bad accident,” Thrower added.

Police say Monk was driving a 2008 Yamaha Vortex about 11:50 p.m. Sunday when he took the off ramp to Second Avenue. As Monk took the curve, his motorcycle veered to the left. Its front tire then struck the guard rail, separating the tire from the bike. The motorcycle kept moving and Monk was thrown from his vehicle, which later came to a stop further down the off ramp.

Reports state Monk was driving too fast for the conditions and that he lost control.

Monk, who was wearing a helmet, suffered a severe cut to the left side of his head, police said. He was pronounced dead at 12:34 a.m. Monday, Thrower said.

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