From STAFF REPORTS

Two people are dead following a single motorcycle crash that occurred Sunday, Sept. 1. Virginia State Police said the crash occurred just after 10:30 p.m. on Bethlehem Road in Boones Mill, two-tenths of a mile east of Mockingbird Road.

The driver of the 2007 Kawasaki Ninja, Jesse Mackinley Stapleton, 25, of Rocky Mount and passenger Rodney Calvin Craighead Jr., 19, of Lynchburg, died at the scene. Craighead was not wearing a helmet but Stapleton was.

According to police, the motorcycle was traveling east on Bethlehem Road when it ran off the right side of the road, went down an embankment into a ditch and caught fire. The investigation is pending.

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