Motorcycle crash kills 38-year-old rider

Apr. 17, 2013 @ 04:27 PM

An Oxford man lost his life early Monday morning when his motorcycle veered from the road and overturned while traveling north on N.C. 75.

Emergency medical responders said 38-year-old Ralph Turner Ellington Jr. died at the scene, according to an accident report by the Butner public safety office.

According to a report, a law enforcement officer first saw the overturned 2007 Harley-Davidson at 3:20 a.m., just north of 33rd Street at the bend where the South Granville Water and Sewer Authority’s pump station is located.

The officer saw a headlight shining but stationary in the woods off to the right side of the roadway, beyond a loop driveway to the right. Looking more closely, the officer discovered that it was a motorcycle.

Ellington, according to the report, was not suspected to have been traveling at higher than the 55 mph speed limit for the road. The motorcycle struck a fence on the pump station property at an estimated 45 miles per hour, throwing Ellington into the wooded area.

The report noted no suspicion of driver intoxication, adding that toxicology test results are pending from the medical examiner’s office.

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins Jr., said his deputies helped at the scene, and a deputy contacted Ellington family members.

According to an obituary posted at the Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Chapel website, Ellington was a lifelong employee of Ellington’s Body Shop in Oxford, the son of shop owner Ralph Ellington Sr. and Judy Brodgen Ellington.

He was also a native of Vance County and a member of Grace Baptist Church, according to the obituary notice.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.