An Illinois motorcyclist died and another was hurt in a Thursday afternoon accident on Interstate 64 in Scott County, the sheriff's office said.
Christopher Rose, 53, of Algonquin, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene. Another motorcyclist, Andrew Scholl, 51, of Machesney Park, Ill., suffered moderate to minor injuries and was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where an official said Friday he had been released.
The two motorcyclists were traveling west when a tire came off an eastbound sport-utility vehicle, crossed the median and rolled in front of Rose, said Capt. Jearl Porter of the Scott County Sheriff's Office.
"He lost control of his motorcycle and ended up wrecking onto his side," Porter said. "The second motorcyclist, who was a little farther behind him, had a little more time to react, and he was able to maintain control of his (bike) for some distance until he did eventually lose his onto its side."
Never miss a local story.
Neither cyclist wore a helmet, Porter said.
The accident happened at 5:25 p.m. near the 68-mile marker.
Meanwhile, Kentucky State Police were holding an event on motorcycle safety Friday at their headquarters on Versailles Road in Frankfort.
The event was to address the recent increase in motorcycle fatalities and promote safety awareness.
The event opened at 11 a.m. with safety exhibits and motorcycle displays. A police-escorted "motorcycle safety ride" was scheduled to leave the KSP headquarters at 2 p.m.