20-year-old motorcycle rider killed in wreck

JONESBORO, Ark. – A 20-year-old man was killed after he collided with a car while passing through an intersection Monday in Jonesboro.

James Ray, 20, of Jonesboro, passed away in the accident. It happened close to 2 PM Monday afternoon at Southwest Drive and Keller’s Chapel Road. The media release from Jonesboro police says Ray was driving his motorcycle, a 2013 Honda CVR 250, southbound on Southwest Drive. At the same time, a Chevrolet car, driven by Kerri Love, 19, was going eastbound on Keller’s Chapel.

Love was in the intersection, making a northbound (left) turn onto Southwest. This was the moment the two vehicles made contact.

A witness told NEA Report he saw the motorcycle run the red light.  He said the motorcycle rider was not wearing his helmet but he made this observation after the accident. (Updated 6 PM, August 28) We spoke to the witness again and asked for clarity. He said he was slowing for the red light when the motorcycle passed him. He said the bike was not slowing and witnessed the accident. Updated 8/29: The family of Ray reached out to us and said Ray’s helmet was found at the scene. They believe the helmet was thrown off of Ray upon impact.

Ray was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Craighead County Coroner’s Office. Love was taken to an area hospital by ambulance. Her condition was not specified in the release.

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