A fatal hit-and-run accident has left a motorcyclist dead in Fairfax County after being struck by a tractor-trailer, reports CBS.
The accident occurred on April 30 at around 4:30 a.m. when Virginia State Police were called to Interstate 95 at the 165-mile marker in what is reportedly a hit-and-run crash. The victim, 68-year-old Timothy E. Halpin, was driving north on the I-95 when he lost control of his BMW 1200 motorcycle. His motorcycle slid into the left shoulder while Halpin entered into the center lane and was fatally hit by a tractor-trailer.
The trailer-tractor then fled the scene of the accident and witnesses are unable to provide a description of the vehicle.
Statistics from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles conclude that the number of motorcyclists in the state is at an all time high, with 197,000 registered in 2012. Accidents are also up, with a 14 percent increase in motorcycle accidents from 2009-2012.
In 2012 there were 2,429 motorcycle accidents in the Commonwealth that left 78 people dead. In Fairfax County, motorcycle crashes were up 30 percent from 2011 to 2012, going from 183 to 242.
Parrish Law Firm, PLLC motorcycle injury lawyer works with Virginia residents who have suffered motorcycle accidents because of another driver’s negligence. Contact us today for a free case consultation or call us at 703-906-4229.