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UPDATE: Motorcycle crash victim was Elizabethton firefighter

John Thompson • Updated May 15, 2017 at 5:36 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man who was killed in a motorcycle crash on North Lynn Avenue on Sunday afternoon has been identified as a member of the Elizabethton Fire Department.

The Elizabethton Police Department said the victim was Dustin D. Curtis, 30, of Watauga. Fire Chief Barry Carrier said Curtis' death was deeply felt in the department.

"When you work with someone 24 hours at a time, they become like family. We will miss Dustin and we will be praying for his family," Carrier said.

"Dustin was a super nice person and all the men who worked with him liked him, especially those on his shift," Carrier said. "This is tough for all of us, but especially tough for the guys on his shift.”

Police said in a press release that Curtis was operating a 2007 Yamaha F6S motorcycle and was traveling north on North Lynn at 5 p.m. As he was negotiating a curve, his motorcycle tire went over a metal storm drain grate on the right side of the street, then struck a curb. Curtis continued onto the sidewalk and struck a yellow concrete post.

Curtis was found suffering from critical injures and the Carter County Rescue Squad transported him to Johnson City Medical Center. Police were told later that evening that Curtis had died.

The Elizabethton Police Department Special Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team was called to the scene to investigate. Based on witness statements and evidence recovered at the scene it was determined the crash did not involve other vehicles. Drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the crash, police said.

Carrier said the accident was especially difficult for those fire department members who responded to the accident call and saw the badly injured Curtis.

"Calls like that are very tough," Carrier said.

"He has been here for almost two years. He started on June 22, 2015," Carrier said. "He came to us as a rookie and he became certified quickly and integrated into the department very well."

Elizabethton City Manager Jerome Kitchens said the flag will be flown at half mast on the flagpoles of the fire department until after Curtis is buried.

Carrier said the fire department’s honor guard will be in attendance as the Curtis family receives friends and will render honors at the graveside services.

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Earlier report at 3 p.m.:

ELIZABETHTON — Police on Monday identified the man killed in a weekend motorcycle crash on North Lynn Avenue.

In a news release, police said Dustin D. Curtis had been traveling north in a 2007 Yamaha F6S motorcycle around 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon when it over a metal storm drain grate on the right side of the road and struck a raised curb.

Curtis continued onto the sidewalk and struck a yellow concrete post. Curtis was found suffering from critical injuries, and Carter County Emergency Medical Services took him to Johnson City Medical Center.

Later Sunday evening, police were advised that Curtis had died from his injuries.

The Elizabethton Police Department’s Special Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team was called to investigate. Based on witness statements and evidence recovered at the scene, police determined that the crash did not involve other vehicles. Drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash.

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