As of Wednesday afternoon, Culpeper police had neither charged nor identified the 84-year-old Sperryville man who allegedly pulled into the path of a motorcycle last Thursday (Aug. 29), causing it to fishtail, roll several times and eject its operator, who died shortly afterwards at Culpeper Regional Hospital.
A town of Culpeper press release identified the 2005 Harley Davidson rider as James Morrison, 47, of Philadelphia, who was in Culpeper for a gathering of the Blue Knights, a motorcycle club that has held annual rallies in Culpeper for more than 30 years.
About 12:30 p.m. Thursday, a 2008 Ford pickup truck driven by the unidentified Sperryville man pulled from Oaklawn Drive onto Madison Road into the path of Morrison’s motorcycle, which was in the lane closest to the median, according to the town press release. The motorcycle never struck the truck.
Morrison was an active duty police officer at a university in Pennsylvania and also a reserve member of a military police unit, according to a member of the Blue Knights.
Town public works crews blocked off streets as the police department’s accident reconstruction team, along with assistance from Virginia State Police, took measurements and collected evidence.
Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted with traffic control as police closed the southbound lane of Madison Road to investigate the crash.
The accident remains under investigation by Culpeper Police Sgt. Andy Berry.