HINSDALE - The motorcyclist killed on Route 8 late Sunday afternoon has been identified as Aaron Barnes, 24, of Great Barrington, according to state police.

Barnes was traveling southbound on Route 8, south of Michaels Road, about 5:30 p.m., when he suddenly left the paved road surface as he was passing another vehicle on the left-hand side, according to state police from the Cheshire barracks.

Barnes, who was riding alone, was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where he died from his injuries. The incident remains under investigation as troopers sort out the facts and circumstances surrounding Barnes' death.

It was the second fatal accident on Berkshire roads over the weekend - and the second in three weeks involving a motorcyclist.

Connor F. Graham, 21, of Lenox, died early Saturday morning after crashing his car into a tree and front porch of a residence on Holmes Road in Pittsfield, according to city police. The crash remains under investigation.

On July 15, John J. Kenney Jr., 49, of Pittsfield, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car driven by Shannon Curtiss of Stephentown, N.Y., at the intersection of North Street and Springside Avenue.

Curtiss faces a motor vehicle homicide charge and failure to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic.

To reach Dick Lindsay: rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com, or (413) 496-6233.


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