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Peter F. Peckham

A Clarksville man died early Sunday morning, Oct. 21, from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in eastern Harrison County.
Peter F. Peckham, 50, was traveling west on S.R. 62 when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson east of Turley Road, according to Officer Marty McClanahan of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. The crash occurred at 3:10 p.m.
Peckham had just ridden through a curve when he went off the right side of the road. Police said the motorcycle traveled almost 213 feet, going up a small embankment before hitting a utility pole.
The motorcycle then hit a parked Ford Pinto, moving it almost 8-1/2 feet, McClanahan said.
Peckham was thrown over the top of the motorcycle, police said.
Motorists traveling with Peckham moved his motorcyle before police arrived, and they had laid Peckham on his back to render aid.
Peckham was unconscious at the scene and was taken by ambulance to Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany. He was then transferred to University of Louisville Hospital.
Peckham died at U of L hospital about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
In his crash report, McClanahan said Peckham was traveling at an unsafe speed for the curve to avoid a collision. Peckham also had an odor associated with alcohol, so police asked the hospital for a drug-alcohol test. The results showed Peckham’s blood contained .119 percent cannabinoid (a chemical in marijuana) and alcohol.
Peckham died of massive internal injuries, McClanahan said.
Peckham, a musician, was born Jan. 31, 1951.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie; his former wife, Yvonne Peckham; a son, John Peckham; four daughters, Amanda, Leslie and Julie Peckham and Deanna Higdon; his mother, Claire Wilson, and seven grandchildren.
The funeral was Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Fern Creek Funeral Home in Louisville with burial in Louisville Memorial Gardens West.

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