DES MOINES, Iowa — A motorcyclist is dead after a Friday night accident ended in a ditch, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
A passerby noticed a light in a ditch near SE 112th Street and SE 32nd Avenue around 9 p.m. The passerby then found an unresponsive male and a motorcycle in the ditch.
First responders arrived on the scene shortly after, but they said the motorcyclist died on the scene.
The motorcyclist was later identified as 63-year-old Lynn Cooke of Runnells.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office believes Cooke was driving west on SE 32nd Avenue when he crossed the eastbound late and entered the ditch south of the road.
Cooke was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The sheriff's office said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.