The Wilmington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating two separate crashes that occurred in Highland County involving one fatality.

On Tuesday, June 16, Michael Buchanan, 68, from Mount Orab, was operating a 2013 Harley Davidson Wide Glide westbound on US 50 in Dodson Township when his motorcycle traveled off of the road after a curve.

Buchanan was ejected from his motorcycle after striking the ditch. He was transported to the University of Cincinnati Hospital, where he remains hospitalized as of June 24.

On Sunday, June 21, Henry Fleckinger, 73, of Hillsboro, was operating a 2009 Honda Shadow motorcycle southeast on SR 124 in Marshall Township when his motorcycle traveled off of the road after a curve.

Fleckinger was ejected from his motorcycle after striking the ditch. He was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he was later pronounced deceased.

Neither motorcycle operator was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and no other vehicles were involved.

Motorcycle riders are reminded to always drive defensively and wear all available safety equipment.