A motorcycle crash has claimed the life of local businessman Don Tilley and left his wife in critical condition.
According to Park Rangers Tilley was pronounced dead on the scene and his wife Robinette was taken to Mission Hospital.
The accident happened around 7:50 p.m. on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe County.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
Tilley was the owner of Tilley Harley-Davidson in Statesville NC.
The following statement was released on the Tilley Harley-Davidson Facebook page:
"We ask that everyone keep the entire Tilley family in their thoughts and prayers."
"We thank you all for your love and condolences and appreciate the many years of loyalty to the Tilley Harley-Davidson Family. DON TILLEY 1936-2014. He will be missed by all."