NORFOLK-A motorcyclist was killed when his bike went off the Interstate near downtown Norfolk.

The accident happened around 8:33 p.m. Thursday on I-264 east near Harbor Park.

Va. State Police say 31-year-old Nathaniel W. Howard Jr. was thrown from his motorcycle after it hit the Jersey wall and fell about 50 feet into a drainage canal. Norfolk Fire and Rescue crews pulled him from the water and pronounced him dead at the scene, said State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Investigators say witnesses reported he was speeding and lost control.

The accident continues to be under investigation.

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