Names released in serious motorcycle crash with semi on Bridge Street



The Ohio Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in a serious motorcycle crash along Bridge Street Wednesday afternoon.

It all went down just before 3 p.m. near route 104, the Patrol said.

According to Sergeant Aaron Morgan, a local man from Chillicothe, William E. Rafferty, II, 24, was driving his motorcycle when he crashed into the rear of a Kenworth semi being driven by a man from Florida.

The motorcyclist was critically hurt and suffered life-threatening injuries, Morgan said. He was flown to a Columbus-area hospital clinging to life.

Morgan said it appears Rafferty was speeding; medics say the speed was nearly 150 miles an hour.

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