ITALY - A Waxahachie man died Saturday night as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Italy.

Interim Police Chief Bill Scott said Michael J. Grassmuck Jr., 42, was with two fellow motorcyclists entering onto Interstate 35E northbound from State Highway 34 shortly before 11 p.m.

“The two motorcyclists with him went straight on the entrance ramp. He went to the left and entered into a construction area where there was heavy machinery,” Scott said. “That area is being paved because the highway is being widened.”

The two other motorcyclists, who witnessed the accident, told police they believe Grassmuck thought he was on the entrance ramp.

“He got up to speeds of about 50 miles per hour and hit the embankment at the end,” Scott said, saying Grassmuck was driving a 2003 Harley Davidson. “He was thrown from the motorcycle and hit his head. He was not wearing a helmet.”

Italy Fire Rescue was dispatched to the scene, with Grassmuck transported by East Texas EMS to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie, where he was pronounced dead.

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