Police cruiser involved in deadly motorcycle crash in Rockingham County

Published: May. 2, 2017 at 10:34 PM EDT
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UPDATE (11:35 a.m. May 3):

Virginia State Police have provided new information from their investigation into a crash between a motorcycle and a police cruiser on Tuesday night.

At about 9:50 p.m. on May 2, a 2013 Ford Taurus, being driven by Virginia State Police Trooper D.W. Coleman, was traveling east on Route 259 when it struck an eastbound 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The trooper was responding to a medical emergency with the car's emergency lights on. when the crash happened about 150 feet west of Route 617 in Rockingham County.

The motorcyclist, identified as Jeffrey M. Cash, 54, of Timberville, died at the scene. Trooper Coleman was not injured.

The Virginia State Police Culpeper Division Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting with the ongoing investigation into the crash.

Around 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning, this story was incorrectly updated with information about a second fatal motorcycle accident on Tuesday night. Both articles have been corrected.


UPDATE: 12:03 a.m. 5/3/2017

According to a Virginia State Police spokesperson, a trooper was responding to a medical emergency, when the trooper's vehicle collided with a motorcycle on Route 259 in Rockingham County, near Spar Mine Road.

Investigators say the trooper's car had its emergency lights and siren on at the time of the crash. Police say the motorcyclist died at the scene. The trooper was taken to Sentara RMH for evaluation.

The crash remains under investigation.


Emergency crews responded to an accident in Broadway on Tuesday night.

According to law enforcement the crash involved a State Police vehicle.

It happened near J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, on Route 259. Currently Route 259 is closed.

We have a reporter on scene gathering more details on this crash. Stay with WHSV for updates.

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