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A crash on Telegraph Road in Monroe County claimed the life of a 20-year-old motorcycle rider this morning.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Michael F. Knapp of Carlton died after his 2001 Honda 900 cc motorcycle ran off northbound Telegraph Road in Ash Township at about 1:45 a.m. Knapp's motorcycle ran off the west side of the roadway and hit a ditch, which caused the motorcycle to become airborne.
The cycle then hit a utility pole and rolled over, coming to rest in the southbound lanes of Telegraph. Knapp was thrown from his motorcycle and landed on the west side of Telegraph. He was airlifted to the University of Michigan Hospital, in Ann Arbor, and died at 4:44 a.m.
According to police reports, neither speed nor alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, which is being investigated by the traffic services division of the sheriff's department.