Virginia State Police blame high speed for a motorcycle crash that killed a Greenville man Friday afternoon. The accident happed just after 3:00 along Route 11 south of Greenville.
Police say the rider, 25-year-old Derek Losh, was traveling at a high rate of speed. He reportedly tried to pass a Buick on the right shoulder, but the car turned and the motorcycle slammed into the passenger side. State police say Losh was thrown 125 feet. He died at the scene.
Reported by Tara Todd
Press Release Virginia State Police
At 2:57 p.m., Virginia State Police were called to the scene of a fatal crash in Augusta County on Friday (September 7, 2012). The two-vehicle crash occurred in the 5100 block of Route 11/Lee Jackson Highway.
A 1984 Buick sedan was traveling south on Highway 11, when it slowed to make a right turn onto Sunnyside Drive. A southbound 2001 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling at an excessive rate of speed as it came upon the slowing sedan. The motorcycle tried to pass the sedan in the right shoulder just as the sedan started making its right turn. The motorcycle struck the sedan in the passenger side.
The motorcyclist, Derek G. Losh, 25, of West Augusta, Va., was thrown from the bike. He died at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.