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June 29, 2021

Motorcyclist flees deputies, crashes and dies Monday

Photo/Suzuki Motorcyles
The motorcyclist who lost his life rode a Suzuki GSXR similar to this one, according to state police.
Fleeing Fauquier sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement officers, a motorcyclist crashed and died just north of Warrenton on Monday night, according to Virginia State Police.

At 7:29 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy “observed a motorcycle traveling northbound in the 10600 block of Marsh Road (Route 17 south of Opal) driving in a reckless manner,” sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Lewis wrote in a press release Tuesday. “The deputy activated their emergency equipment and pursued the motorcycle in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop.

“The motorcycle continued traveling northbound onto James Madison Highway at a high rate of speed when additional deputies and Virginia State Police assisted.”

The Suzuki GSXR motorcycle driver “attempted to turn into a crossover near Comfort Inn Drive, but was traveling too fast and lost control,” state police wrote in a press release Tuesday afternoon. “The motorcycle went through the median and into the southbound lanes of Route 29 where the motorcycle struck two vehicles.

“The motorcyclist died at the scene. He was wearing a helmet. None of the drivers in the two vehicles that were struck were injured.”

Neither law enforcement agency had released the identification of the motorcyclist Tuesday afternoon.

State police continue to investigate the crash.

The sheriff’s office also will conduct “an internal review of the incident,” Sgt. Lewis said.
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