Staunton Motorcycle Crash Kills Rider When Postal Truck Makes a U-Turn

Many fatal crashes involving motorcyclists occur when other vehicles make turns and their drivers fail to look out for riders. This appears to have happened in a Staunton motorcycle crash involving a postal truck.

I was saddened to read about how a rider lost his life in the Staunton motorcycle crash after a postal truck made a U-turn on Parkersburg Turnpike.

The crash was reported in the News Leader last week. Virginia State Police reported a U.S. Postal Service truck was heading west on Parkersburg Turnpike when it made a U-turn in the road and hit a Harley-Davidson Roadster. The rider, Bill F. Claytor Jr., 33, of Staunton, died shortly after arrival at a local hospital.

The 51-year-old postal truck driver was also from Staunton. He was not injured in the crash but was later charged with failure to yield the right of way. The crash remains under investigation by Virginia State Police.

The News Leader reported an upsurge in fatal accidents in the Staunton area in 2016. A similar trend has been seen nationwide.

Staunton motorcycle crash kills rider

Parkersburg Turnpike, Staunton

The News Leader reported Many of last year's deaths occurred on roads in Augusta County, where 19 people lost their lives, according to Virginia State Police. Six of these crashes were reported to be alcohol-related wrecks. Nine of the victims were not wearing seat belts.

In the most serious single incident, two workers died on U.S. 11 in July after being run over by a dump truck in Greenville. There were fatal crashes in Staunton and Waynesboro.

Staunton Motorcycle Crash is the Second Fatal Wreck in Virginia in a Week

In Prince William County in northern Virginia, a woman died in a wreck involving two motorcycles over the weekend.

The crash happened early Saturday in Woodbridge. News reports stated the driver of one motorcycle braked to turn and a second rider, who was following behind, was not able to stop.

The victim was named as 53-year-old Nellie Rae Sacra of Woodbridge. She was unable to stop her motorcycle in time to prevent a crash. She died of her injuries at a local hospital.

The 53-year-old driver of the first motorcycle sustained minor injuries, police said. He was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

My thoughts are with the victims of these two tragic crashes. Time and again we see instances in which motorcyclists lose their lives when other vehicles make a sudden turn and fail to look out for riders.

Our Virginia wrongful death motorcycle attorneys represent the families of riders killed by the fault of another driver across the Commonwealth. Please call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077. Read our Virginia motorcycling accident FAQs here.

Griff O'Hanlon

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