August 11, 2011
A 19-year-old motorcyclist lost his life Monday, August 8, when his motorcycle collided head-on with an SUV in Roanoke, Virginia, around 7 p.m.
The accident occurred as the victim and a friend were riding their motorcycles on Hollins Road, which they’d turned onto after riding on Williamson Road and Plantation Road.
The victim’s friend reports that they were traveling at 25 miles over the speed limit and that his friend lost control of his 2003 Honda CBR600RR sport motorcycle and hit an oncoming SUV head-on. The motorcyclist went beneath the vehicle, while his motorcycle skidded across the pavement.
“[The victim’s] bike went right in front of me,” said the friend in an interview with Roanoke.com. “He was just so close. It was so quick.”
The victim, a graduate of William Fleming High School, was wearing a helmet during the crash. Though his friend tried to remove him from beneath the SUV, he died at the scene.
The street was closed for more than three hours as police reconstructed the accident.