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A motorcyclist is dead following a crash on U.S. 60 east of Shelbyville on Friday afternoon.
The cyclist, James M, Serochi, 56, of Shelbyville, was knocked from his motorcycle in the accident and into the oncoming lane near Jefferson Community & Technical College Shelby Campus. He was then was hit by another vehicle.
Serochi was wearing a helmet, police said.
Sheriff Mike Armstrong said the accident happened at 3 p.m. as Serochi was traveling east behind a Jeep Cherokee, and the jeep began to slow down. Sheriff's detective Jason Rice said Serochi was apparently unaware that traffic was moving very slowly in front of him, and when the jeep slowed, he could not slow down in time, and struck the jeep in the rear. The impact threw him off his bike and he was struck by a Ford van in the westbound lane, Rice said.
Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said Serochi was not transported to the hospital, but was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple injuries.
U.S. 60 was closed for several hours just after the dismissal of Shelby County High School. There was no information about whether anyone involved was a student or faculty member at any of the schools in the vicinity.
Motorists traveling westbound on U.S. 60 were being diverted via Rocket Lane, to Benson Pike and then to KY 55.
Those traveling eastbound were being diverted via KY 55 to Benson Pike and then to Rocket Lane.