Clam Gulch man killed

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2004

A Clam Gulch man was killed Sunday evening when the motorcycle he was driving clipped a travel trailer being pulled by a pickup on Echo Lake Road in Soldotna.

David Hryhorysak, 39, suffered massive head and internal injuries when his motorcycle, westbound on Echo Lake Road, crossed into the opposite lane of travel about 6:15 p.m., according to a report from Alaska State Troopers. Travis Bemis, 31, of Soldotna, was driving his pickup, pulling a travel trailer, eastbound.

Hryhorysak appeared to make an attempt to avoid Bemis' vehicle and was able to avoid the pickup, but hit the trailer and lost control of his motorcycle, troopers said. The motorcycle flipped end over end several times.

Hryhorysak was not wearing a helmet.

"It's quite obvious that the motorcycle crossed the centerline by the skid marks," Trooper Brad Nelson said. "From our guess, it just looks like he was just coming around the corner too fast.

"We don't know if alcohol was involved," Nelson said.

Central Emergency Services medics transported Hryhorysak to Central Peninsula General Hospital, where he died from the injuries. Next of kin has been notified.

The investigation is continuing, Nelson said.

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