Virginia State Police trooper Paul Domingoes filed a reckless driving charge Tuesday against the driver of the vintage sports car that plowed into a group of motorcyclists heading into Sperryville from Shenandoah National Park Nov. 11, killing one of the riders and hospitalizing several others.
James Warren Cox, 63, who was previously reported by state police to be from Alexandria but whose address on court documents is listed as Tappahannock, Va., is due to be arraigned in Rappahannock County General District Court Jan. 8 on the misdemeanor “failure to maintain control” charge.
Theodore Randolph “Randy” Dorsey, a 42-year-old part-time driving instructor from Charlestown, W.Va., died in the crash, which shut down the two-lane highway for almost four hours that Sunday afternoon. Joann Dorsey, 41, a passenger seated behind her husband, was flown to University of Virginia Medical Center, where she and another rider in the group were treated for serious injuries.
Cox was driving a 1967 Austin Healey convertible west at about 1 p.m. when he apparently lost control on the right-hand curve just west of the Sperryville Emporium, crossed the center line and struck at least four motorcycles headed east in a group of seven. One rescue squad veteran estimated the bikers would have had less than a second to react. A state police accident reconstruction team spent the rest of the afternoon at the site.
The original accident report can be found here.