VSP investigating fatal crash in Franklin County

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia State Police Department is investigating a motorcycle crash that resulted in two fatalities.

According to police, the crash occurred Sunday night on Route 739, two-tenths of a mile east of Route 986 in Franklin County.

Police said a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja was traveling east on Route 739, when the motorcycle ran off the right side of the roadway, down an embankment into a ditch; and caught on fire.

25-year-old, Jesse Mackinley Stapleton, of Rocky Mount,VA was wearing his helement and died at the scene, police said.

The passenger 19-year-old, Rodney Calvin Craighead, Jr., of Lynchburg, VA was not wearing his helmet and also died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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