Rabbit Hash Tragedy: Motorcyclist Dies After Ride Benefiting General Store

A man is dead after a three-vehicle collision on Saturday afternoon.

The deadly crash took place around the same time that a charity motorcycle ride benefitting the Rabbit Hash Genera Store, the famed establishment in the riverside Boone County community that burned to the ground earlier this year, after more than 150 years in operation.

According to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Office, Chester Morning, 46, was driving a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbond on East Bend Road (KY 338) when he crossed the center line at a curve. He collided with a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado which was headed westbound. Morning's motorcycle continued in the wrong lane and collided head on with another 2000 Harley Davison motorycle driven by Robert Cook.

Morning, of Guilford, Indiana, died at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

Cook, of Florence, was transported to UC Medical Center to be treated for non life-threatening injuries. 

David Esparza, 55, and his wife, Kathy Esparza, 57, of Portland, Indiana, were in the Silverado and were not injured.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Morning had just participated in the charity ride for the General Store. Investigators said that speed and alcohol use are suspected to be factors in the fatal crash.

The road was shut down from just after 1 p.m. to almost 5 p.m. while investigators looked over the scene.

-Staff report

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