Franklin man dies in motorcycle crash

Published 4:02 pm Friday, July 8, 2022

A single-vehicle crash in the early morning of Saturday, July 2, in Franklin resulted in the death of a city resident, according to a Virginia State Police news release.

VSP, which is investigating the crash, reported that it occurred at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on Route 687/Delaware Road, approximately a hundred feet north of Willis Road. 

A 1997 Yamaha Royal Star motorcycle was traveling south on Delaware Road when it came into a curve, crossed the centerline and ran off the left side of the roadway, the release stated. The motorcycle struck a ditch, and its rider was ejected. 

The motorcyclist, Roberto M. Beltrami Jr., 26, of Franklin, died at the scene, police said. They noted that he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and neither speed nor alcohol were contributing factors.

The crash remains under investigation.