Motorcyclist dies after crash in SE Memphis

Motorcyclist dies after crash in SE Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Investigators blocked all lanes of traffic on Shelby Drive between Calloway Hills Drive and Ridge Walk Lane after a crash Thursday afternoon.

The road has since reopened, but investigators are still piecing together the details.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, a car and a motorcycle collided near the intersection of Shelby Drive and Bethay Drive.

A Yamaha R6 motorcycle traveled down Shelby Drive as a Saturn Aura turned left off of Whisper Ridge Boulevard.

SCSO said the motorcyclist then hit the brakes, lost control of his bike, and was ejected from his seat. He hit the driver's side of the Aura.

The driver of the Aura said the intersection was clear when she began to turn, but the motorcycle came up on her very quickly.

The motorcyclist, 28-year-old Jonathan Ferguson, went to the hospital in extremely critical condition. He later died from his injuries.

The driver of the Aura also went to the hospital, but she and her passenger are expected to be fine.

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