CLINTON — A motorcyclist was killed Sunday morning after failing to negotiate a turn and striking a utility pole.

Clinton County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday to a report of a motorcycle crash in the 2400 block of U.S. 30, approximately one-half mile east of Grand Mound.

Upon arrival, officers located a single motorcycle in the north ditch. According to CCSO Patrol Supervisor Lt. Tom Paarmann, the preliminary investigation indicated that the driver was westbound on U.S. 30 and failed to negotiate a curve to the left.

The motorcycle entered the north ditch and traveled approximately 380 feet and struck a utility pole, where the driver was ejected from the motorcycle.

The initial investigation indicated the crash took place in the early morning hours on Sunday, believed to be before 1 a.m.

The driver, identified as Jason Scott Arnold, 36, of DeWitt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clinton County Medical Examiner.

The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by ambulance personnel from Genesis – DeWitt and the Clinton County medical examiner.

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