LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A motorcyclist died in a crash on Interstate 264, or the Watterson Expressway.
The crash happened on I-264, near Bells Lane, around 9:30 p.m. Friday, according to MetroSafe.
The victim of the crash was identified as Chad Nelson Read, 37, of Louisville.
Witnesses said two motorcyclists were traveling eastbound on I-264 at a high rate of speed and passed a Toyota Camry, that was in the center lane, on both sides, according to Louisville Metro Police Department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley. Smiley said the driver of the Toyota decided to merge into the slow lane and as the driver was merging a third motorcyclist approached the Toyota and lost control.
Read hit a guardrail and was ejected from his bike, which continued to travel for about two-thirds of a mile. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Smiley said he was wearing a helmet.
Smiley said the motorcyclist never made contact with the Toyota. The driver of the Toyota was not injured and Smiley said no charges are expected to be filed.
All eastbound lanes on I-264 were shut down around the crash.
Excessive speed was said to have been a factor. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.