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Motorcyclist killed in two-vehicle crash near Sperryville Sunday afternoon

Virginia State Police Senior Trooper S. Riddle is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Rappahannock County that occurred this past Sunday, June 14, at 3:40 p.m. on Route 211 (Lee Highway) at 8 tenths of a mile west of Route 667 (Estes Mill Road) outside Sperryville.

A 2012 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling west on Route 211, says Sergeant Brent Coffey of the Virginia State Police, when it came to a sharp curve, crossed the double solid yellow centerline, and collided head-on with a eastbound 2004 Chevrolet Corvette.

The driver of the motorcycle, Daniel L. Hall, 32, of La Plata, Md., died at the scene of the crash as a result of his injuries. Hall was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the Corvette, a 63-year-old Woodville man who was not identified, was uninjured in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The Virginia State Police Culpeper Division Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and is assisting with the ongoing crash investigation.

Fortunately fatal traffic accidents are rare in Rappahannock County. When a 67-year-old Sperryville man died in a single-vehicle accident on Fletcher’s Mill Road near Woodville in March of 2017 it came on the heels of Rappahannock being saluted for four years in a row with no roadway fatalities.

“Unfortunately, that is not a goal many counties reach,” Stacy Londrey, communications manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s [VDOT] Culpeper District, had told the Rappahannock News.

Prior to that death, the county’s most recent fatal crash had occurred in November 2012 when a 42-year-old motorcyclist from Charlestown, W.V., was struck by an out-of-control car that had crossed into the opposite lane of U.S. 211 just west of Sperryville, not far from Sunday’s accidents. 

That accident, which sent six others to the hospital, shut down the two-lane highway for almost four hours.

Londrey said that while Rappahannock County’s “smaller population and rural setting” certainly contributed to the four-year-long zero fatality count, “other factors such as seatbelt use are equally important.”

An average of 143 vehicle crashes occur annually in Rappahannock County, with about 50 of those involving injuries. The rest are property damage only, according to VDOT records.

The most prevalent type of fatal crash (50 percent of local fatal accidents) is roadway departure, meaning a vehicle runs off the road and strikes a fixed object such as a tree, fence or structure.

“These crashes are common in our district, and in other rural areas around the state, due to the curved nature of roads,” Londrey said.

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