11-year-old passenger killed in Parkway motorcycle crash

An 11-year-old child was killed over the holiday weekend along the Blue Ridge Parkway, according to a National Park Service news release.

Officials say on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, at approximately 11:45 a.m., near milepost 297, north of Asheville, in the Grandfather Mountain area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a southbound motorcycle, operated by Jason Kruk of Taylorsville, NC, took corrective action after the vehicle in front of him stopped suddenly. This corrective action caused the motorcycle to enter the northbound traffic lane where it collided with a pickup truck.

Kruk was transported by ground to a local hospital and treated for his injuries. Kruk's 11-year-old son, a passenger on the motorcycle, was airlifted to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Both were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

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