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Salem man dies in Franklin County motorcycle wreck

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – A 29-year-old Salem man has died after a motorcycle crash in Franklin County. 

State police say a 2004 Suzuki GSX1300 was traveling on Route 116 near Valley Road when the motorcycle ran off the right side of the roadway, hitting a traffic sign and then a tree.

No one discovered the crash until early Saturday morning, but state police believe it happened around 11 p.m. Friday. Residents in the area told authorities that they had heard a motorcycle engine noise as it passed by but did not go outside to investigate. 

Raymond James Nester died at the scene. He was wearing a helmet, according to state police.