Justin Jelinski of Lexington, the motorcyclist who was killed Monday night in a high-speed crash in Woodford County, was an Army veteran and a supervisor for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Jelinski, 34, lost control of his cycle, which was traveling at more than 100 mph, and struck a utility pole on Old Frankfort Pike, the Woodford County coroner's office said.
He died at the scene, the coroner's office said.
Jelinski was with riders headed toward Frankfort when the crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. near Pisgah Pike, officials said.
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Jelinski, who served three tours in Iraq in Army aviation regiment F Company 1-58, is survived by a daughter, Kylie Jelinski, a fifth-grader in Texas.
"He was always there for his family," said his sister, Cari Jelinski, 37, of Florida. "Growing up, I always stuck up for him because he was so small." This reversed as they got older, Jelinski said.
She said that it was just her and Justin growing up in Alaska near Anchorage, although they have a half-brother, Jared Gibson, 28, who lives in Ohio.
Cari Jelinski now lives in Florida. She said that she has had not seen her Justin for about three years, but that he and his daughter were supposed to come visit in July.
He loved watching NASCAR and was the nicest person, she said. "He's going to be really missed. I just hope he gets the Army honors he deserves."