Crime & Courts

Motorcycle crashes into Rowan cemetery, driver killed

A Davie County man was killed Thursday evening when his motorcycle crashed into a church cemetery in western Rowan County, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported about 6:45 p.m. in the 11100 block of N.C. 801 near Bear Poplar Road. That is in the Bear Poplar community, near Mount Ulla.

Troopers said they were told by a witness that a motorcycle and a Ford Mustang had passed each other on the road shortly before the crash. The driver of the motorcycle apparently lost control of the vehicle, troopers said, and the vehicle hit a ditch before sliding into a cemetery at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The motorcycle crashed into a headstone. The driver was thrown from the vehicle, troopers said.

The driver has been identified as John Michael Alexander, 31, of Mocksville.

The Highway Patrol is interested in talking to the driver of the Ford Mustang that was in the area. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call troopers at 704-639-7595.