Fairfax County bicycle-related vehicle hit-and-runs are up 100 percent in the last two years, reports FairfaxTimes.com.
Bud Walker, a police spokesman who compiles crash statistics for Fairfax, finds that incidents of bicycle accidents in which the motor vehicle driver flees the scene of the accident have increased in the past three years, moving from five in 2010, to six in 2011 and finally to 12 last year.
The driver of a motor vehicle is legally obligated to pull over at the scene of a bicycle accident and verify the condition of the bicyclist. However, only when a driver leaves the scene without pulling over does the incident become illegal. If the driver stays, generally the worst legal repercussion he or she may face would be a fine.
Under Virginia law, a hit-and-run accident that leaves $1,000 or less in damages is classified as a class one misdemeanor and can result in a maximum fine of $2,500. If the accident results in an injury or death, or the damage is greater than $1,000, it is considered a class 5 felony and one can face up to 10 years in prison.
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Lynchburg, VA – June 4 – A local man was indicted Monday on a felony hit-and-run charge that left a bicyclist dead last March.
According to official reports by newsadvance.com, the accident occurred on March 7 around 2:30 a.m. when Jeremy Lee Jarry, 21, struck Michael Alan Jones, 53, a homeless man who was suffering from substance abuse problems.
Officials said Jarry crossed the centerline on Harrison Street when he crashed into Jones, who was riding his bicycle at the time of the incident.
Investigators said Jones’ body rolled onto the hood of Jarry’s red Ford pickup truck and was carried for about a block before it fell off onto the street.
Jarry was captured and charged when police located a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac in Campbell County that matched the vehicle in the crash.
Jarry will go to trial on July 16 and now faces up to ten years in prison.
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Arlington, VA – June 5 – A bicyclist was sent to the hospital Tuesday morning after being struck by a car.
According to official reports by ARLnow.com, the accident occurred in the northbound lanes of George Washington Parkway.
Authorities said this is an area that has seen many “tragic accidents” and “close calls” between vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.
U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Brooks said the bicyclist was conscious and breathing after the incident but was transported to a nearby hospital via ambulance.
According to Brooks, the area is “confusing” and cyclists and pedestrians are urged to stop and double check if the road is clear before proceeding through the intersections.
No charges have been filed at this time.
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