TROY — One man is dead after crashing his motorcycle on Polecat Road, near Troy, on Monday.
Troy medics were dispatched to the 1000 block of Polecat Road, between Piqua-Troy and DeWeese Road, on the report of a motorcycle crash and the victim not breathing.
They arrived on the scene to find an off-duty sheriff’s deputy and another rider, who is reportedly an EMT, performing CPR on the victim.
Medics continued to work on the victim, who has been identified as Dominic Maiorano, 20, of New Carlisle. Maiorano was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival.
Lt. Dave Norman of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office was off-duty and driving on Polecat Road in his personal vehicle when a group of motorcyclists approached from behind his vehicle. Norman stated that while most of the group seemed content to remain behind his vehicle, one of the riders kept “goosing” his motorcycle. As the rider began to pull out to pass on the winding country road, Norman said that he waved his badge outside the window in an attempt to get the motorcyclist to slow down.
Maiorano took off around Norman’s vehicle at a high rate of speed.
At this time, a large tractor pulling a piece of equipment was coming the opposite direction on Polecat.
Maiorano rounded a curve and struck the farm machinery at a high rate of speed, ejecting the rider. His motorcycle stopped approximately 40 yards further down the road.
Norman stopped as he came upon the crash. He and one of the other riders performed CPR until Troy paramedics arrived.
Maiorano was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but due to the high speed of the crash and the extent of his injuries, the helmet could not protect him.
The driver of the tractor, Thomas Wallace, 39, of Casstown, was not injured.
Factors in the crash have been listed as excessive speed and failure to yield the right-of-way to farm equipment.