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Motorcycle Passenger Dies in Smyth Co., VA Head-On

A head-on collision between a motorcycle and a motor scooter in Smyth County, Virginia (VA), left one woman dead and two men hospitalized with serious injuries. The fatal crash happened at around 3:30 pm on September 23, 2017, on U.S. 11/Lee Highway.



According to a statement from the Virginia State Police, a Honda motorcycle approaching the turnoff to Daywood Avenue crossed the double yellow line on Lee Highway and struck the scooter. After that collision, the motorcycle ran off the side of the road, flipped, and threw its riders.

The woman who lost her life, who troopers identified as a 69-year-old resident of Max Meadow, was a passenger on the motorcycle. She died from her injuries at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

The man driving the motorcycle and the scooter rider both suffered injuries described as serious. All three people involved in the fatal wreck were wearing helmets, in compliance with Virginia law.

The stretch of Lee Highway where the motorcycle hit the scooter head on has two lanes divided by a double yellow line. Safely negotiating a slight curve could near the entrance to Daywood Avenue could require additional attention to speed and braking by a motorcycle rider.

The lane divider would also require attention and respect. As stated in section 46.2-804(6) of the Virginia Code,


Wherever a highway is marked with double traffic lines consisting of two immediately adjacent solid yellow lines, no vehicle shall be driven to the left of such lines, except (i) when turning left or (ii) in order to pass a pedestrian or a device moved by human power, including a bicycle, skateboard, or foot-scooter, provided such movement can be made safely.


Investigators did not tell reporters why they thought the motorcyclist crossed into the scooter rider’s lane. The resulting fatal wreck with injuries illustrates the tragic consequence of making such a mistake. Remaining under control and avoiding going left of center is a principal duty of anyone operating any kind of vehicle.

Failing to meet that duty leaves the negligent driver or motorcycle rider responsible for settling insurance claims from the people who get harmed. Consulting with a Virginia wrongful death attorney and personal injury attorney would help the victims of this head-on collision in Smyth County deal with insurers.


Randall E. Appleton
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