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October 1, 2018

Motorcyclist loses control and dies near Bealeton

A West Virginia motorcyclist died Saturday afternoon in a high-speed accident on Route 17 near Bealeton.

Southbound near Morgansburg Road, the 2010 Harley Davidson sped through radar at 90 mph, Fauquier sheriff’s Sgt. James Hartman said.

Operating radar in the 55-mph zone, a deputy “waited for oncoming traffic and then entered Marsh Road southbound” at 2:30 p.m., Sgt. Harman said. “The deputy observed the motorcycle make lane changes and then turn into the crossover. Moments later the deputy came upon the crash in the northbound lanes.”

The motorcyclist lost control as he entered a median break on the four-lane road and “laid the motorcycle down in the northbound lanes,” Sgt. Hartman added.

A tractor-trailer struck him in the right, northbound lane.

Jordan Douglas Placka, 28, of Burlington, W.Va., died at the scene.

“The investigation is ongoing, pending autopsy results,” Sgt. Hartman said Monday.

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