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VSP: Cyclist Killed in Tazewell County on Way to Charlottesville

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Scene of a fatal bike accident in Tazewell County Scene of a fatal bike accident in Tazewell County
David Earl Christensen David Earl Christensen
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A bicyclist from Idaho, on his way to Charlottesville, was struck and killed by a truck that fled the scene in southwest Virginia.

According to Virginia State Police, 54-year-old David Earl Christensen of Burley, Idaho, was cycling early Thursday in Tazewell County when he was struck from behind.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Lee Dennis, Christensen was traveling in the northbound lane on Route 19 when he was hit.

Police say the truck drove away without stopping. Christensen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers are looking for a Ford F250 or larger truck, manufactured between 2011 and 2016. It likely has damage to the front and passenger side.

The Associated Press Contributed to this article.