Waynesboro -- Press Release From Waynesboro Police Department
The Waynesboro Police Department has charged Garrett with three misdemeanors related to the August 9th incident that preceded the fatal motorcycle crash on Lyndhurst Rd. Garrett has been charged with reckless driving; operate a motorcycle without proper endorsement and obstruction of justice. He turned himself in on the charges on August 15 and was released on a personal recognizance bond.
Previous Release - August 10, 2013
The Waynesboro Police Department is investigating a single motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle that resulted in the driver’s death. On August 9, 2013 at approximately 10:20 PM, an officer observed two motorcycles traveling southbound on Arch Ave at nearly 50 mph in the 25 mph residential zone. The officer followed the motorcycles as they turned onto Lyndhurst Rd continuing southbound at a high rate of speed. The officer attempted to stop the motorcycles on Lyndhurst Rd near River Rd but they continued on for about a quarter of a mile before one of them stopped near Brook Court. The other motorcycle, a 2007 Yamaha, accelerated and continued southbound on Lyndhurst Rd. The officer, who stopped with the first motorcyclist, saw the Yamaha cross over the double yellow line and pass a Toyota 4 Runner, driven by a 23 year old Waynesboro man, before he lost sight of it near York Rd. Since the Yamaha was traveling toward Augusta County, the officer requested that the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police be notified.
While the officer was speaking with operator of the first motorcycle, Thomas James Garrett, 28 years old of Afton, the driver of the Toyota 4 Runner approached the officer and informed him that he witnessed the Yamaha crash into a tree near the intersection of Keesling Ave and Lyndhurst Rd, which is approximately a half mile from the officer’s traffic stop.
The officer released Garrett and arrived within seconds of the crash. The Yamaha operator, Richard Donald Dameron, 32 years old of Nelson County, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Waynesboro First Aid Crew. Officers closed Lyndhurst Rd for two hours while a Police Department crash investigator examined the wreckage and debris field. It is estimated that Dameron was traveling between 90 to 100 mph when he left the roadway. The crash scene was approximately 185 feet in length.
Dameron’s body will be sent to the Office of the Medical Examiner for an autopsy and blood toxicology screen. Charges against Garrett are pending.