Motorcyclist dies after crashing into highway guardrail near Savanna-Sabula

A motorcyclist died after crashing into a highway guardrail, northeast of the Quad Cities.

The crash happened on the Savanna-Sabula river bridge causeway, Highway 52/64, around 2:45 p.m. on Friday, June 14, according to a statement from Deputy Russ Long with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.  The driver was northbound on a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he approached a curve to the right and hit a guardrail on the other side of the roadway.

The motorcyclist, 51-year-old Lee J.W. Fersch from Davenport, was taken to a Clinton, Iowa hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

Deputy Long said Fersch was thrown from the motorcycle during the incident.  The bike itself went further than 530 feet.

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