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UK freshman dies in early morning motorcycle crash

A University of Kentucky biology major died after crashing a motorcycle on New Circle Road early Friday.

Austin Armstrong, 19, died from multiple blunt-force trauma after losing control of his motorcycle while apparently speeding, officials said.

Armstrong was a freshman at the University of Kentucky from Lexington, a spokeswoman said. He graduated from Lafayette High School, where he played football, last year.

Police said in a news release that Armstrong was riding a 2006 Honda CBR when he apparently drifted off the left shoulder of the inner loop of New Circle and over corrected, causing the bike to slide on its side and eject him.

Police were called out to the scene about 2:08 a.m. They found Armstrong in the grass median next to the cable barrier near the Versailles Road ramp.

Officers performed CPR on him until firefighters arrived, but he was pronounced dead about 31/2 hours after being taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, police said.

Witnesses told police Armstrong was driving at an "extremely high rate of speed" before the crash, the release said. He was wearing a helmet.

Armstrong was the second Lafayette graduate to die in a vehicle crash on New Circle Road in two weeks. Aspiring singer Aubrey Hounshell, who graduated in 2010, was killed when her car flipped on a ramp to Nicholasville Road.

Armstrong apparently knew Hounshell, who was a cheerleader at Lafayette. In a Facebook post last week, Armstrong expressed his condolences.

"It makes things real seeing her friends so upset. You will always be loved Audrey Hounshell RIP," he wrote.

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