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VSP Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Rockingham County

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10/09/2018 Release from Virginia State Police:

Virginia State Police Trooper K.R. Howard is investigating a fatal crash in Rockingham County. The crash occurred at approximately 3:45 a.m. Monday (Oct. 8) in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 at the 244 mile marker.

A 2003 Harley-Davidson FLH motorcycle was traveling north on Interstate 81 when it ran off the left side of the interstate. The motorcycle's operator was thrown from the bike and into the travel lanes. A northbound 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck was unable to avoid striking the motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist, James P. Bailey III, 54, of Front Royal, Va., died at the scene. He was not wearing helmet.

The pickup truck remained at the scene. Its driver was not injured in the crash.