A Jefferson City man was killed Thursday night when the motorcycle he was driving crashed, ejecting him and a passenger.
Police report Shawn M. Cochran, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene following the wreck in the 700 block of Clark Avenue. His passenger -- Morrigan M. Carpenter, 31, of Columbia -- received critical injuries and was flown by helicopter to University Hospital, Columbia.
Officers discovered the two lying in the street when they arrived at the scene around 11:30 p.m.
Investigation revealed the motorcycle was southbound on Clark Avenue when it failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center lane, slid onto its side, and then struck a curb, a utility pole, road sign and a dirt embankment.
Police report both occupants were wearing helmets but only Carpenter's was DOT-approved.