East Spencer police chief: Salisbury man killed in motorcycle crash was speeding

Published 2:11 pm Saturday, June 20, 2020

EAST SPENCER — It appears a local man who struck a utility pole last Sunday was speeding prior to the single-vehicle crash, said East Spencer Police Chief Sharon Hovis.

Hovis said Justin Jermaine Horton, 29, of Salisbury, was traveling fast when he got to the intersection of Weant and Long streets. There, he lost control of the bike and struck a telephone pole head-on, Hovis said.

The crash occurred sometime before 4 p.m. June 14 in front of the East Spencer Fire Department.

Hovis said before striking the pole, members of the Salisbury Fire Department noticed the bike was fishtailing. The East Spencer Fire Department was first on the scene.

Horton was taken via ambulance to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center where he later died.