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March 14, 2014

Motorcyclist dies of injuries in wreck

A motorcyclist who veered off Oakdale Road and struck a fire hydrant on Tuesday has died of his injuries, police said Friday.

A motorcyclist who veered off Oakdale Road and struck a fire hydrant on Tuesday has died of his injuries, police said Friday.

Michael Williams, 31, was speeding southbound shortly before 4 p.m. when he lost control of his 2003 Suzuki motorcycle while navigating a curve in the 1400 block near Dale Avenue, police said. He went off the right side of the road and into a yard before striking the hydrant.

Williams was wearing a helmet but lacked a motorcycle endorsement on his N.C. driver’s license, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Detective Kevin Allred said.

The motorcycle was being operated with an expired inspection, an expired tag, no liability insurance, and a revoked registration, Allred said.

Williams died in the hospital at 4:35 p.m. Thursday, Allred said.

Witnesses to the crash are asked to call Detective J.B. Reibold at 704-432-2169.

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