Fayette County

Crash kills motorcyclist on major Lexington road

A motorcyclist has died after a head-on crash with a sport-utility vehicle on Russell Cave Road near Greenwich Pike, where the road was shut down Wednesday morning, according to police and the Lexington Traffic Management Center.

John Floyd Malone, 37, of Cynthiana was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office. He died at 7:25 a.m. of blunt force trauma.

Speed was a possible factor, but no charges were expected to be filed, said Lexington police Sgt. Billy Richmond. Malone was traveling inbound on Russsell Cave and the driver of the SUV was traveling outbound.

The SUV driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Richmond said.

There is a speed limit of 55 mph on that stretch of Russell Cave Road, which is a no-passing zone.

The wreck on the city’s north side about two miles north of Russell Cave Road Elementary School happened just before 8 a.m.

Outbound Russell Cave Road traffic was diverted at Hughes Lane. Traffic on Russell Cave was expected to be open by 10 a.m.