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2 die as motorcycle, semi collide

Two people were killed Wednesday in DeKalb County when their motorcycle went airborne and collided with a semi.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Michael E. Wilson, 47, of Auburn, was headed west on County Road 24 near Waterloo as he approached U.S. 6, but failed to navigate a curve before the intersection, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department said.

As Wilson entered the left curve on the county road he left the road near the intersection, went through a grass field, up an embankment to U.S. 6 and went airborne, police said.

At the same moment, an eastbound semi on U.S. 6 went through the intersection and Wilson’s motorcycle hit it while in the air, according to police.

The impact killed Wilson and his passenger, 34-year-old Angola resident Michelle L. Reser, the sheriff’s department said, adding that neither was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the semi, Bradley C. Grove, 33, of East Liberty, Ohio, told police he tried to avoid the crash and swerved onto the shoulder of U.S. 6.

Grove was not injured.

A witness to the crash told police the motorcycle appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash.