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Troopers: Motorcyclist killed on I-95 clocked at 124 mph, 'splitting the lanes' to flee troopers

Posted at 7:31 PM, Apr 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-04 22:18:29-04

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. -- State police are investigating a deadly crash involving a motorcyclist they say sped away from a trooper twice before rear-ending a pickup truck on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County Easter morning.

Officials with Virginia State Police said a trooper clocked a motorcycle going 124 mph in a 55 mph zone on I-495 just after 9 a.m.

"The trooper pulled in behind the motorcycle and activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle," officials said. "But the motorcycle sped away even faster and a pursuit was initiated. As the motorcycle approached the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the trooper terminated the pursuit."

Officials said that same trooper was running radar on I-495 around 10:20 a.m. when the same motorcyclist sped by.

When the trooper tried to pull over the motorcyclist, the driver sped up and took the exit for I-95 south, according to state police.

Officials said that when the motorcycle started "splitting the lanes" between cars on I-95, the troopers stopped their pursuit.

Then troopers received a call around 10:30 a.m. about a two-vehicle crash along I-95 south not far from the exit for Route 1.

"When troopers arrived on scene, they recognized the motorcycle as the one pursued earlier," officials said. "Based on witness statements, the motorcycle rear-ended a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The impact of the crash caused the motorcyclist to be thrown from the vehicle and the motorcycle to catch fire."

Troopers administered first aid, but the motorcyclist died at the scene, according to officials.

His name has not yet been released as authorities are still in the process of notifying his next of kin.

The driver of the truck was transported with minor injuries.

"The crash investigation remains ongoing," officials with state police said.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.