A Havelock man who lost control of his motorcycle and crashed while merging from N.C. 55 onto U.S. 17 near Bridgeton on Saturday has died.
Barrett Dean Vogel, 45, died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the wreck. He was a former U.S. Marine who worked at Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point.
Vogel was a 2009 graduate of Craven Community College, where he had studied machining technology. He also had served as a member of the college’s team of student ambassadors.
According to the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday when Vogel swerved while on the on-ramp, lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and struck a guardrail. The crash threw him about 30 feet into some adjoining woods.
Sgt. T.C. Wells of the Highway Patrol said troopers estimate Vogel was traveling at about 60 mph at the time of the crash. The speed limit on the ramp is 55 mph.
Vogel was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, but later died.