A Blue Springs man died after crashing his motorcycle Monday night in rural Lafayette County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mathew Garrett, 36, crashed his 2014 Harley-Davidson at approximately 10 p.m. Monday while traveling north on Route D north of Oakwood Drive, a couple miles northeast of Oak Grove. Garrett's motorcycle traveled off the right side of the road, struck a tree and overturned.

Garrett, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown off his motorcycle. The accident was not noticed until the following morning, and Garrett was pronounced dead at the scene at about 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, according to the Highway Patrol.

 

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

The Highway Patrol said it is still searching for the tractor-trailer that fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run on Interstate 70 in Blue Springs late Saturday.

An Iowa man, Jeffrey Koontz, 39, was on the eastbound roadway of I-70 east of Woods Chapel Road at 10:55 p.m. Saturday when he was hit by the tractor-trailer. A Chevrolet Equinox driven by a 26-year-old Oak Grove woman and a Saturn Ion driven by an 18-year-old Blue Springs woman then hit Koontz. Both of those drivers remained at the scene.

The Highway Patrol said it does not consider Koontz's death to be suspicious.