A Mathiston man is dead after a motorcycle wreck Friday morning in the northwest portion of Oktibbeha County.
Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt confirmed the victim, 70-year-old Billie Noel Jones, of Mathiston, was pronounced dead at the scene around 9 a.m. on Brown Road, roughly 15 miles to the west of the city of Starkville.
No other vehicles were involved in the wreck and there were no additional injuries.
While the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office says the wreck is still under investigation, marks at the scene show Jones was eastbound on Brown Road when his Harley Davidson motorcycle left the paved road.
The fatality also coincided with the start of the large motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, which is expected to bring hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts to Oktibbeha County over the weekend.
Sturgis is approximately 14 miles south of the location where the fatal wreck occurred.