Man killed in east Columbus motorcycle crash

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — One man is dead after a motorcycle crash in east Columbus.

The crash happened around 12:30am Sunday at the intersection of Stelzer Road and East 7th Avenue. According to the Columbus Division of Police, John Wharton, 29, was riding a motorcycle north on Stelzer Road at a high rate of speed and lost control of the motorcycle. The bike went off the roadway into a ditch and struck a small culvert.

Wharton was ejected from the motorcycle. He was transported to OSU East Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The crash remains under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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