News Sentinel staff -KNOXVILLE — A Lenoir City man died Tuesday evening when his motorcycle hit a pickup truck that turned into his path in Loudon, officials said.
James A. Roach, 49, was taken by Priority Ambulance Service personnel to Fort Loudoun Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Loudon police Patrol Sgt. Robert Scott Newman said.
Tony W. Sitzlar, 67, of Loudon was cited with violation of the financial responsibility law, Newman said.
The collision occurred at about 6 p.m., on Carding Machine Road between Highway 72 and Robinson Springs Road near the Food City grocery store, Newman said.
“It appears the motorcycle was traveling north at a high rate of speed and the man in the southbound truck didn’t see him and turned into his path,” the sergeant said.
Roach was riding a 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and Sitzlar was driving a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck and was turning into a storage unit parking lot at the time of the crash, Newman said. “The protocol is we do a toxicology screen on both drivers when there is a fatality. This is an ongoing investigation,” he said.