LOGAN — A retired U.S. Air Force veteran died Thursday after the motorcycle he was riding veered off U.S. 89 in Logan Canyon, police said.

Kenneth Lollar, 50, of Roy, was driving north in the canyon several miles from Logan when he crashed down an embankment about 9:50 a.m., Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cade Brenchley said.

Lollar came to rest on the bank of the river and his 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was submerged in the river.

Brenchley said Lollar was with two other motorcyclists, both co-workers, and the three were on a road trip to Jackson, Wyoming, and later Montana. He was behind both of the other motorcycles, and all three vehicles were traveling at the speed limit, according to Brenchley.

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It wasn't clear Thursday what caused Lollar to leave the roadway. He was wearing a motorcycle helmet but not a face shield, the sergeant said.

The motorcyclist just in front of Lollar reportedly witnessed the crash in his rear view mirror and turned around to offer aid. Emergency workers soon arrived and performed CPR for about 30 minutes, to no avail.

The stretch of canyon where the man crashed isn't considered especially hazardous, particularly in good weather, Brenchley said.

"Typically … this particular curve is more dangerous in the winter months when the roads are slick or if there are heavy rains," he said.

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