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December 3, 2019

No charge placed in fatal Warrenton bike accident

His work with the CIA recently had brought Michigan native Blake Rohrbough, 25, to Virginia, according to his obituary.
They weren’t offended charges weren’t being brought. They didn’t make any dramatic statement.
— Interim Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott C. Hook
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No charges will be filed against the driver in a June collision that killed a 25-year-old bicyclist in Warrenton, Fauquier’s interim commonwealth’s attorney said Tuesday afternoon.

“After careful review of the statements of the witnesses, including the direct observer, the Crash Team Report prepared by the Virginia State Police, the incident report by the Warrenton Police Department and the relevant sections of the Code of Virginia, this office has declined to bring criminal charges in this matter,” Scott C. Hook said in three-paragraph press release.

Driving a 2014 BMW, Jacob Crochet-Doré of Rappahannock County collided with cyclist Blake C. Rohrbough on Friday, June 21, at Alexandria Pike and Horner Street.

Warrenton police responded to the deadly accident at 6:36 p.m.

“A Fauquier County Sheriff’s Deputy was on the scene attempting to perform CPR on the cyclist,” Mr. Hook wrote. “Warrenton Company 1 also arrived on the scene and took over medical services.”

In consultation with a physician at Fauquier Hospital, first responders pronounced Mr. Rohrbough, who wore no helmet, dead at the scene at 6:52 p.m.

In a press release the day after the June 21 accident, Town Manager Brandie Schaeffer said the “preliminary investigation revealed that the car was making a left turn from Alexandria Pike onto Horner Street.

“The bicyclist was traveling north on Alexandria Pike” when the collision occurred at the intersection, Ms. Schaeffer wrote.

The accident took place 165 days ago. For several reasons, the investigation proved more time-consuming than expected, Mr. Hook suggested in a phone interview.

“I think they wanted to go through all the records,” the chief prosecutor said when asked why it took about five months to complete the investigation. “The crash report was the last piece.”

Obtaining cell phone records caused the biggest delay, Mr. Hook added.

In October 2018, Mr. Rohrbough moved to Virginia “to pursue a career as an officer with the CIA,” according to an obituary in the Muskegon (Mich.) Chronicle. “He was eagerly looking forward to his upcoming assignment overseas.”

The prosecutor about two weeks ago spoke by phone with Mr. Rohrbough’s parents about the decision not to charge Mr. Crochet-Dore.

He explained the investigation process and the findings to them, Mr. Hook said.

“They weren’t offended charges weren’t being brought,” he said. “They didn’t make any dramatic statement.”

Contact Don Del Rosso at Don@FauquierNow.com or 540-270-0300.
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Mark House · December 3, 2019 at 5:42 pm
Condolences to all parties involved. "Mr. Rohrbough, who wore no helmet,..."

Good case for why wearing a helmet is a much safer choice while riding a bike anywhere. Would it have saved him? Don't know. Head injuries are very serious, ask anyone that plays sports.
fpharris1 · December 3, 2019 at 4:46 pm
Once again, the driver of a motor vehicle KILLS a cyclist and either minimal, or no, charges are brought. A PERSON IS DEAD! In spite of the fact that cyclists have every legal right to ride on the same roads as motor vehicles, cyclists are treated as expendable. There are various, limited seasons for hunting game here ... looks like it's open season on cyclists year around.
Tom LaHaye · December 3, 2019 at 4:04 pm
Amazing! As described here, the driver turned left in front of a cyclist who had the right-of-way, yet no charges are filed?

Amazing!
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