Man Dies In Motorcycle Crash

A Summitville man died Wednesday night when his motorcycle crashed on Rock Road. According to a report by Tennessee Highway Patrolman Jason Boles, a 1985 Yamaha motorcycle operated by Thomas Rutenkroger, 49, of Hillcrest Villa Circle in Summitville, was traveling on Rock Road when he approached a curve and kept traveling onto private property. According to the trooper’s report, Rutenkroger’s cycle left the roadway striking a small tree and went into a barbed wire fence. When ambulance personnel arrived at the crash scene, they called for a medical helicopter but later cancelled the request. Rutenkroger was pronounced dead on the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.