Motorcyclist killed in crash near Prairie Township

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PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Office confirms one person is dead after a traffic crash in Prairie Township.

The crash happened around 9:12 p.m. Saturday evening.

Authorities say John Haignere, 49, was driving north on Alton Road at O'Harra Road on a 2009 blue Buell motorcycle.

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For an unknown reason he then went off the road, into a field and struck an open water drain off the side of the road.

Haignere was taken to Doctor's West Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The sheriff's office confirmed that he was from Columbus.

Officials aren't sure if alcohol or drugs were factors in this crash.