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Motorcyclist killed along Rte. 1 identified

By Travis Andersen
Globe Staff / August 5, 2011

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CHELSEA - Authorities have identified the man who was killed Wednesday when the motorcycle he was driving plunged 30 feet from an elevated portion of Route 1 in Chelsea down to the street below.

State Police said in a statement yesterday that Cory White, 40, of Chelsea, was driving a 2001 Triumph motorcycle shortly before 7 p.m. when the bike went off the roadway and landed on Sixth Street.

White was pronounced dead at the scene. His relatives could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Trooper Thomas Murphy, a spokesman for State Police, said yesterday that authorities are investigating a witness report that a man exited a truck on Route 1 after White plunged off the highway and looked down before returning to his vehicle and leaving.

Murphy said he did not have any details about the truck.

A makeshift memorial for White was erected yesterday near the area on Sixth Street where he landed. The memorial included a picture of him on a motorcycle next to a written message that said, “Cory We’ll Miss U Brother.’’

Someone also left a T-shirt bearing the name of the Italian American Racing Team. A woman who would only give her name as Tina S., of Everett, said at the memorial that White was a member of that motorcycle riding group.

She said she became friends with White about two years ago when they played in the same dart league.

White was single and had a small child, Tina said, and worked as an information technology specialist. She said he also served in the US Marine Corps.

USMC was written next to his his photo at the memorial.

“Just a nice guy,’’ Tina said. “Nothing fazed the kid, he was great.’’

She said that she often drives on the part of Route 1 from which White fell and that potholes make it difficult for drivers to stay in their lane.

“It’s really bumpy up there,’’ she said. “I find it hard to believe he was [being] reckless.’’

State Police urge anyone with information about White’s death to contact the Revere barracks at 781-284-0038.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.