Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol have located the body of a man who apparently struck a tree with his motorcycle and died near the Lincoln/Catawba County line on Tuesday.
Roy Sherman Gwyn, 39, had been traveling too fast for conditions when his motorcycle rounded a curb on Herter Road, just inside Catawba County, crossing the centerline and striking a tree, Trooper K. Adkins said.
Gwyn had been wearing a helmet, but according to Trooper B. L. Buchanan, who investigated the scene, Gwyn’s helmet did not meet Department of Transportation’s federal safety standards. Instead, troopers said the victim’s helmet was a small “skull cap” that provided little cushion and support.
Gwyn’s family filed a missing persons report with troopers on Wednesday, noting that they hadn’t seen him since 6:40 p.m. Tuesday at his residence. The crash happened less than 20 minutes later, Buchanan said. Troopers located the body around 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The victim lived inside the Catawba County line at 4479 Herter Road but had a Lincolnton mailing address.
Troopers have yet to rule out alcohol as a contributing factor in the fatal wreck.
A medical examiner in Statesville is set to do a toxicology report on the body.
The incident is the seventh roadway fatality in Catawba County this year.