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2nd person dies from injuries suffered in motorcycle crash

Crash happened about 3:30 a.m. Saturday on Parkview Drive in Parkersburg
A motorcycle crash early Saturday morning in Parkersburg has claimed the lives of Eric Townsend, 40, and Ashlei Powell, 35.
A motorcycle crash early Saturday morning in Parkersburg has claimed the lives of Eric Townsend, 40, and Ashlei Powell, 35.
Published: Jun. 27, 2020 at 9:23 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2020 at 3:24 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP) - UPDATE: 6/29/20 2:35 P.M.

A second person has died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash early Saturday morning in Parkersburg, police said.

Eric Townsend, 40, died Saturday at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown after the crash, which happened about 3:30 a.m. Saturday on Parkview Drive.

Ashlei Powell, 35, of Parkersburg, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Authorities said Townsend and Powell were headed south on Parkview Drive at Parkview Wey when their Harley Davidson motorcycle went into the grass, ran through some landscaping, tipped onto its side and slid a short distance. It then hit a curb and stopped in more landscaping.

Police haven’t released additional details about the crash, including who was driving the motorcycle.

Parkersburg Police say Ashlei Powell, age 35, of Parkersburg died early Saturday morning in a motorcycle wreck on Parkview Drive. The wreck caused Eric Townsend, age 40, life-threatening injuries. He was transported to WVU Camden Clark Medical Center. Shortly after his arrival at Camden Clark, he was flown to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Authorities say Townsend and Powell were traveling south on Parkview Drive at Parkview Wey when the Harley Davidson motorcycle they were riding went into the grass, drove through some landscaping, tipped onto its side and slid a short distance. It then hit a curb and stopped in more landscaping. Police say it is unclear who was driving the vehicle.

Officers say the wreck was called in around 3:30 a.m. Powell was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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