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Bicyclist Fights for Life After Being Hit by Truck in Roanoke

by sko | October 26th, 2011

October 26, 2011

A 45-year-old German man who’d plotted a 10-week bicycle tour of the United States was critically injured on October 8, when his bicycle was hit by a commercial truck near Roanoke, Virginia.

The Roanoke Times reports that the victim, from Bad Laer, Germany, now lies in a coma and remains on life support at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. His bicycle was hit by a 1998 Freightliner truck driven by a 46-year-old Marion man.

Around 3 p.m. on the Saturday of the accident, the truck driver was traveling about 55 miles per hour on Virginia 100 in Pulaski County when he swerved to the right and hit the cyclist, throwing him several feet onto an embankment. The victim was then airlifted to Roanoke.

The driver was charged with reckless driving and driving on a suspended license and will appear before a judge in December.

No defects have been found in either the bike or truck, and drugs and alcohol have been eliminated as a possible factor.

The bicyclist had been on a 10-week, self-guided tour of the United States, with designs on riding from New York to Miami. He had kept a blog along the way about the people he met, also posting the photos he’d taken.

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How Roanoke Police Sort Out Crash Details

by sko | October 20th, 2011

October 19, 2011

A new piece in The Roanoke Times takes an extensive look at how Roanoke officers are trained to make heads or tails of an automobile accident’s aftermath.

In a staged wreck on Tuesday, 25 police officers from central and Southwest Virginia witnessed a crash test in which a car speeds down a hill into a crash test dummy that’s on foot. The “accident” propelled the dummy 64 feet and left 66 feed of skid marks, though the dummy’s hat fell in nearly the same place he’d been standing at time of impact.

“In situations like this one, you’ve got at least one person who died or was severely injured, so you can’t interview everyone who was involved,” said Blacksburg police Detective Michael Czernicki. “You’re trying to figure out as much as you can about what happened based on the evidence.”

The region is unique in its extensive training of officers by the Blue Ridge Regional Crash Team.

“You don’t need a person in a department who knows it all,” said Sgt. Tim Wyatt, who heads the Roanoke County police patrol division. “When you have a team like this, you can have 10 people who know a lot.”

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Virginia Woman Killed in 2-Car Maryland Crash

by sko | September 29th, 2011

September 29, 2011

A woman from Woodbridge, Virginia, was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Silver Spring, Maryland, early on the morning of Sunday, September 25.

The crash occurred at 4:36 a.m. at the intersection of Tech Road and Route 29, reports The Washington Post, when a 2004 BMW 325i that was facing a flashing red signal tried to proceed through the intersection but was struck by a 2009 Hyundai Elantra traveling through a flashing yellow light.

A 29-year-old female who was a passenger in the front passenger seat of the Hyundai died at the scene. Both drivers were taken to local hospitals, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Hyundai was a 26-year-old male from Bristow, Virginia, while the driver of the BMW was a 49-year-old woman from Baltimore, Maryland.

The Woodbridge Patch reports that police are still investigating the circumstances of the accident. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this fatal collision to contact the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Radford Man Dies 3 Days After Brutal Beating

by sko | August 26th, 2011

August 26, 2011

A 39-year-old Radford, Virginia, man who was found with a severe head injury on Friday, August 19, has died, reports The Roanoke Times, and a 24-year-old Chesterfield man has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding for inflicting the victim’s injuries.

Lieutenant Andy Wilburn told the newspaper that the victim died on Monday, August 22, as a result of his injuries.

The man was discovered on Friday around 11:45 p.m. lying unresponsive on a sidewalk at the 1400 block of East Main Street near the Radford Farmers Market. Earlier a call had come in from witnesses reporting an assault.

The unconscious man was transported to Carilion New River Valley Medical Center in Christiansburg, but was later flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The man never regained consciousness before his death.

On Wednesday a 24-year-old man, who is a student at Radford University, turned himself into Radford police in connection with the victim’s death.

The investigation into this Virginia fatality is ongoing. In the meantime, the man who turned himself in is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

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