Monday, July 11, 2011

Chantilly Man Loses Life in Route 50 Bicycle Crash Last Week

A Chantilly man lost his life last Wednesday night after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle in the area of Route 50 and Tall Cedars Parkway.   
Around 11:40 p.m. on July 6, Loudoun Sheriffs Deputies responded to the area of Route 50 at Tall Cedars Parkway after several callers reported an adult male riding a bicycle on Route 50 in the westbound travel lanes.  A deputy arrived on scene and learned that the bicyclist had been struck by a vehicle. It was reported that several vehicles attempted to swerve to avoid the bicyclist. One vehicle, a 2005 Cadillac driven by a 23-year-old from Centreville, was behind one of the swerving vehicles, and struck the bicyclist.   
The victim, Charles William Blackford, 29, was transported to Fair Oaks Hospital where he lost his life.   
The bicycle was not equipped with a white lamp on the front and a red lamp on the rear as is required to operate on a highway at nighttime.

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