Springfield man dies in bike wreck

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Vehicle goes off roadway north of Shell Knob

A Springfield man died Friday after a motorcycle wreck at 2:30 p.m. on Highway 76, five miles north of Shell Knob.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Christopher Johnston, 41, of Springfield, was driving a 2006 Yamaha YZFR1 motorcycle eastbound and the bike failed to negotiate a curve and went off the roadway and struck a tree.

Johnston was pronounced dead at the scene by Barry County Coroner Gary Swearingen.

He was wearing a safety device, and the vehicle was totaled.

This is the 93rd fatal wreck of the year for Troop D of the Patrol, which covers 18 counties in southwest Missouri, including Barry.

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