Payson Woman Killed In Motorcycle Accident

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Sheryl Lynn McKeen, 31, of Payson, was killed March 26 in a motorcycle accident near the South Park boat ramp at Lake Pleasant.

McKeen was the passenger on a 1995 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle being driven by 34-year-old John Schmidt of Flint, Mich.

Schmidt also died in the accident.

According to Maricopa County Sheriff's Department reports, the accident occurred after Schmidt failed to negotiate a roadway turn, causing the cycle to go into a skid before crashing.

McKeen was pronounced dead at the scene.

McKeen, a native of Payson, was the daughter of Emery and Judy McKeen who are asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Sheryl's memory be given to the Payson High School softball program.

Donations may be mailed to: Payson High School, P.O. Box 919, Payson, AZ, 85547. Attention: Jeri Johnson.

"We would like to thank all the people, friends and family for the gracious outpouring of support given to us following the tragic and untimely death of our daughter," Emery McKeen said. "We hope all know how much we appreciate it."

There will be no memorial service.

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