FAIRHAVEN — Just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Fairhaven Police responded to a single vehicle crash in the vicinity of Route 6 and Washington Street, after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting the incident.  When officers arrived, they found a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle with extensive damage lying in the eastbound travel lane of Route 6 between Sullivan Tire and McDonald’s.  The operator and sole occupant was located in the grass area near Sullivan Tire.

The operator, a 38-year-old Marion resident was treated at the scene and transported to St. Luke’s Hospital. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital just before 2:30 am.

The preliminary investigation indicates the motorcycle left the roadway just east of Washington Street and went up on the sidewalk. It appears the vehicle traveled a short distance on the sidewalk prior to striking a utility pole. The operator was ejected from the motorcycle, and landed in a grassy area. The motorcycle continued eastbound before coming to rest near the Fairhaven McDonald’s.

Sergeant David Sobral and Officer James Bettencourt are reconstructing the accident, which is still under investigation.  The victim’s name is not being released at this time to allow his next of kin to have the opportunity to notify family members.

--Fairhaven Police Department