Robert Martinson was 51.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon west of Laurel.

At around 3:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, on Ralph Road, east of Waycross Road in Laurel, a 2006 Harley Davidson MC, operated by 51-year-old Robert Martinson, of Laurel, was traveling westbound on Ralphs Road and approaching a sharp curve in the roadway at an apparent high rate of speed. Martin failed to negotiate the curve and exited the roadway and crashed into a tree before being ejected.

Martin, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene. Speed is being considered as a factor in the crash; impairment on the part of the operator is unknown.

Ralph’s Road in the area of the crash was closed for approximately 3.5 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.