Motorcyclist slams into van in Mason, dies

MASON, Ohio -- A man was killed late Tuesday after slamming his motorcycle into the back of a minivan, according to investigators.

The crash happened at about 11 p.m. on Butler Warren Road near Mason Road.

Investigators say Jeffery Stewart, 51, of Mason, was driving northbound on Butler-Warren Road on a black 2008 Buell 1125R when he struck the right rear of a 2004 Ford Free driven by James Spence, 55, of Mason.

After hitting Spence's car, Stewart traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a mailbox and was ejected from the motorcycle.

Stewart was pronounced dead at the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.

Investigators say Stewart was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Alcohol and speed appear to be factors.

The crash remains under investigation.

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