The Virginia State Police is investigating a motorcycle crash that resulted in two fatalities. The crash occurred Sunday at 10:35 p.m. on Route 739, two-tenths of a mile east of Route 986 in Franklin County.

According to the state police, a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja was traveling east on Route 739 when it ran off the right side of the roadway. The motorcycle ran down an embankment into a ditch and caught fire.

The driver of the Kawasaki, Jesse Mackinley Stapleton, 25, of Rocky Mount, was wearing a helmet and died at the scene. The passenger, Rodney Calvin Craighead, Jr., 19, of Lynchburg, was not wearing a helmet and also died at the scene.

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