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Megan Card, Published August 04 2012

Fargo man killed in motorcycle crash identified

FARGO – Police on Sunday identified the 25-year-old Fargo man who died Saturday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle at 1505 34th Ave. S.

Terrance Lee Beston died when he lost control and struck a light pole about 1:30 p.m. in south Fargo, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

Authorities received reports about 1:30 p.m. that a man had lost control of his motorcycle and veered left while eastbound on the residential street, striking a light pole.

Beston was unresponsive when police arrived. Fargo police Sgt. Ryan Dorrheim said he did not know if the man died at the scene or on the way to the hospital.

Police have not determined the cause of the accident, Dorrheim said.

Jeremiah Berlin, an eyewitness to the accident, said he saw the victim driving by himself down the street at a high rate of speed before he lost control, veered to the left and jumped the curb.

Berlin, who said the man was not wearing a helmet, said the motorcycle fishtailed and he struck the pole headfirst.

Berlin said his son was only feet away at the time of the accident.

“I tried to get my kids inside and call 911 as fast as I could,” Berlin said.

Initial reports from the dispatch center stated that a witness performed CPR on the victim, Dorrheim said.

Police could not confirm if Beston was wearing a helmet. Dorrheim, who is part of the accident reconstruction team, said they also cannot confirm how fast the Fargo man was traveling until further investigation.