DECATUR — The body of the 42-year-old Harristown man who died in a Decatur motorcycle accident early Sunday was discovered by family members who went looking for him after he failed to come home, according to Macon County Coroner Michael E. Day.

The motorcyclist was killed after his machine struck a utility pole in the 3300 block of West Center Street and he was ejected. In a statement, Day said the rider had suffered "massive internal injuries to his chest and abdomen" after the force of the crash had thrown him from his machine. Day said the man's identity was being withheld pending the completion of family notifications.

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Sgt. Tony Tertocha with Decatur Police said in a statement that police responded shortly after 3 a.m. to the crash and they had found the rider deceased at the scene. He had no passengers and was not wearing a helmet. 

Members of the Decatur Police Fatal Accident Investigation Team are investigating the accident. Eastbound and westbound traffic on the road was shut down near the scene for more than four hours, Tertocha said.

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