Chase, crash injures two

Rescuers assist one of two persons thrown from a motorcycle when it crashed on Warren Avenue.Rappahannock News Staff Photo
Rescuers assist one of two persons thrown from a motorcycle when it crashed on Warren Avenue.
Two motorcyclists were seriously injured when they crashed and were thrown from the bike at the end of what was apparently a 15-mile high speed chase from Clevenger’s Corner to the town of Washington last Wednesday morning (Aug. 19).

Virginia State Police Trooper S.J. Riddle reported that the motorcycle, operated by Rajesh Patil, 26, of Haymarket, with his passenger, Rachel C. Kieler, 21, seated behind him, took off at a high rate of speed from the traffic light at Clevenger’s Corner in Culpeper County, heading west on U.S. 211. Riddle attempted to pull them over, but the motorcycle sped away. The trooper chased them into Rappahannock County.

As they approached the town of Washington, near the entrance to the Rappahannock County Library and Visitors Center, police said Patil turned off the four-lane highway and headed down Old Mill Road. On the curve just before Old Mill reaches Warren Avenue, the driver lost control. The bike and Patil wound up in a ditch alongside Warren; Kieler wound up about 20 feet away, atop of the embankment.

Both were flown to Fairfax Inova Hospital, said state police spokesman Sgt. F.L. Tyler. Their injuries were reported by witnesses to appear serious; their conditions were not available.

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