Dragon records fifth fatality of 2009 with death of Lenoir City rider

By Chlo Morrison of The Daily Times Staff
The Dragon has claimed its fifth life this year.

Jesse Matthew Tremaine, 49, Lenoir City, who had been hospitalized since his Aug. 13 motorcycle accident, died Saturday, Trooper James Dalton with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Monday.

Tremaine was thrown off his motorcycle while riding the 11.1-mile stretch of road that runs from Tab Cat Creek Bridge in Blount County through 318 curves to Deal's Gap, just over the line in North Carolina.

"He landed face down and never moved again, Dalton said. He never came out of the coma.