Michigan man dies in Smoky Mountain foothills motorcycle crash

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Michigan man died after he lost control of his motorcycle and slid off an 80-foot cliff in the Smoky Mountain foothills, authorities say.

Kevin James Hoyt, 40, of Highland, Mich., braked too hard while taking a curve Thursday on a twist-filled stretch of U.S. 129 known locally as "the Dragon."

Hoyt and his bike slid off the highway and over the cliff into some woods, according to Highway Patrol Trooper Ernest Marion.

Hoyt landed on a ledge 80 feet below, and his 2005 black Yamaha continued for another 15 feet down the side.

Fort Wayne, Ind., motorcycle rider Larry Brown said Hoyt was breathing and had a pulse when he first got to him. Marion said speed was not a factor in the accident, and Hoyt was wearing a helmet.

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