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Man killed in Jackson County motorcycle crash

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BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP (WISH) — A Vallonia man died after losing control of his motorcycle while attempting to pass a dump truck in Jackson County, police say.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call about a single-vehicle motorcycle crash with serious injury at 1:32 p.m. on Wednesday near CR 200 East and CR 300 South, just east of State Road 39.

First responders attempted to resuscitate 66-year-old Kim Kaufman but their efforts were unsuccessful. Kaufman was pronounced dead at the scene by a member of the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.

Crash investigators say Kaufman was traveling west on CR 300 South on a silver 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he passed a passenger car and attempted to pass a dump truck.

According to a release, while attempting to pass the dump truck, Kaufman lost control, left the road, hit a mailbox, and was ejected from the motorcycle.

An autopsy and toxicology testing were scheduled for Friday.