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Jefferson City man dies in motorcycle wreck

Jefferson City man dies in motorcycle wreck

April 21st, 2017 by News Tribune in Local News

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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.