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March 30, 2019

Bicyclist dies five days after Halfway Road accident

The accident took place just before 5 p.m. March 24.
Peter Slavin
The 77-year-old bicyclist struck by a car Sunday on a scenic Northern Fauquier byway died of brain injuries Friday.

A medical helicopter flew Peter Slavin to Inova Fairfax Hospital after a 1998 Volvo, attempting to pass on narrow and winding Halfway Road, hit him just before 5 p.m. March 24.

The Fauquier sheriff’s office charged Babette Alliger, 59, of Culpeper and Middleburg, with reckless driving.

Ms. Alliger attempted to pass Mr. Slavin as both headed north in the 3600 block of Halfway Road, between The Plains and Middleburg, sheriff’s Sgt. James Hartman said.

He did not know whether the driver would face additional charges because of Mr. Slavin’s death, Sgt. Hartman said Friday night.

Mr. Slavin had remained on life support in the Inova Fairfax intensive care unit since Sunday night, according to the sheriff’s office.

A Dartmouth College graduate, Mr. Slavin had worked since 1991 as an independent editor and writer. He previously specialized in military coverage and edited Washington Report for the American Human Services Association.

In the last six months, two bicyclists have died because of accidents on Northern Fauquier’s scenic roads. Matthew P. Freivald, 52, of Nokesville, lost his life near Delaplane on Sept. 18. The cause of that accident remains a mystery.

Virginia law requires motorists to maintain at least a 3-foot buffer when passing bicyclists. The state code also gives bicyclists the same rights on most highways as motorists.
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Mark House · April 2, 2019 at 5:59 pm
Condolences to the family! You take your chances even driving a car on some of our roads, a bike rider would be much worse off.
BeansNRice · March 31, 2019 at 4:20 pm
This is sad. Halfway road is a great cycling road.
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