(9-17-22) James Walker (42) of Fort Jennings is dead after a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in Bath Township at approximately 5:38 p.m. Saturday.

Walker was riding a 2016 Yamaha motorcycle northeast on Chapman Road near Bible Road in Bath Township. Walker failed to negotiate a right-hand curve onto Bible Road, instead driving across the center of the roadway and off the left side before striking a mailbox and a fence.

Walker passed away due to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol believe that speed may have been a factor in the crash, although the crash remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages motorcyclists to always wear helmets while riding.