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Updated: 11/07/2017 08:30:01AM

FHP: One dead in DeSoto motorcycle crash

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A 58-year-old man died in a DeSoto County motorcycle crash Sunday, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. John Ray Skinner, 58, was driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle on NE Brownsville Street around 5 p.m. and failed to negotiate a curve to the left, according to a press release. Skinner lost control of the motorcycle and was thrown onto the shoulder, facing south. The motorcycle continued to travel northwest and collided into the tree line, coming to rest facing west. Skinner was transported to DeSoto Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. It is unknown whether he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, or whether alcohol was a factor, according to the release.

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