Police Identify Gates County Riders Killed in Suffolk Motorcycle Wreck

Two Gates County riders killed in a motorcycle crash involving an SUV on Monday have been identified by police.

The motorcyclists were Peter Donald Veillette, 65, and Donna Lee Jones, age 52, both of Gates County in North Carolina, according to a press release from Suffolk police.

The Gates County riders killed at the intersection of Old Myrtle Road and Old Mill Road died at the accident scene, police say. They were a driver and a passenger on the same bike. The circumstances of the tragic double death on a rural road remain unclear. They were involved in a wreck with a Chevrolet Tahoe just before 2 p.m. on Monday.

The woman driving the SUV was treated at the accident scene and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

It’s unclear if any charges will be brought or what caused this tragic accident. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in this crash.

Motorcyclists are vulnerable to severe injuries even when they are involved in crashes at low speeds.

Far too many drivers fail to look out for motorcyclists or pay attention to them when making turns at intersections. In this video, my colleague John Cooper talks about left turns by cars and trucks that leave motorcyclists injured.

Suffolk has many dangerous rural roads that pose a hazard to motorcyclists and other motorists. In recent years, fatal crashes occurred on Route 58 in Suffolk, Pruden Boulevard (Route 460) and Whaleyville Boulevard.

News of the two Gates County riders killed in a crash came just days after a motorcyclist was seriously injured in Virginia Beach.

Police reported a serious motorcycle accident happened at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Princess Anne Road and S. Witchduck Road.

Media reports said the man took off after a light turned green at the intersection. He lost control of his bike and hit a curb, sending the motorcycle airborne.

The motorcyclist was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we have represented many injured motorcyclists and the families of deceased riders in both Virginia and North Carolina. We are also the authors of What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Virginia.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a meeting location in Market Street, Suffolk and offers free consultations. Call our motorcycle accident team to find out more at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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