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Motorcyclist dies in Rowan County wreck

A motorcyclist died Thursday after losing control of his bike in Rowan County and striking a utility pole, Kentucky State Police said.

Michael D. Whitehurst, 23, of Millington, Tenn., was driving a 2007 Kawasaki on McBrayer Road in Clearfield at high speed about 3:45 p.m., police said. He lost control, went into a ditch and crashed into the pole.

Alcohol is not thought to be a factor in the crash.