At 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, a man was driving northbound on I-95 in Fairfax County when he lost control of his motorcycle. The man, identified as 68-year-old Timothy E. Halpin of Dumfries, was thrown into the center lane of the highway, into the path of a tractor-trailer, while his motorcycle slid into the left shoulder.
The tractor-trailer struck him, killing him immediately. The driver of the tractor-trailer did not stop, and law enforcement officials are still trying to find the driver of the 18-wheeler or any other drivers on the road who may have witnessed the accident. Police did stress that alcohol was not a factor in Halpin’s crash.
Traffic was backed up for nearly ten miles south of the crash while police shut down the main lanes of the highway for over two hours.
This crash was followed by another on May 1, also involving a motorcycle on northbound I-95. At approximately 5:45 a.m., a Chrysler station wagon rear-ended a Honda Civic, which caused a motorcyclist to rear-end the station wagon, throwing the man into a nearby tractor-trailer.
Three other cars crashed while trying to avoid hitting the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist’s identity has not been released, but it is said that the man was taken by MedEvac to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the station wagon was charged with following too closely. Traffic was backed up for nearly seven miles southward.
The Northern Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins extend their deepest sympathies to the families of the two victims and wish the victim of May 1’s accident a full and speedy recovery.