Motorcyclist who died in crash was driving stolen bike, sheriff says

Published 11:18 pm Thursday, April 13, 2017

A motorcyclist who was speeding and driving a bike reported stolen earlier Wednesday died in a crash as a deputy attempted to stop the man, the sheriff said.

Neil Firm, 41, of Gulfport, died at the scene of massive blunt-force trauma, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Thursday.

A patrol officer had noticed a motorcycle rider who was not wearing a helmet speeding on Mississippi 53, Sheriff Troy Peterson said.

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Deputy Ray Wescovich turned around and tried to stop the motorcycle, but as he was closing in, the driver crashed, he said.