Teen killed in Va. crash identified
Update, 12:43 p.m.: The 17-year-old boy who died Thursday after crashing his dirt bike into a gate at a Sterling park has been identified as Danny S. Somoza of Sterling, according to the Loudoun County sheriff’s office.
Somoza was riding a 2006 Baja Dirt Runner bike in the park about 9:45 with a group of friends when he failed to see that the gates at the entrance to the fields had been closed across the roadway, police said. Somoza struck the gates and was separated from the bike. Kraig Troxell, a Loudoun County sheriff’s office spokesman, said that one of Somoza’s friends called 911 to report the accident. Somoza was transported to the Lansdowne Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital, where he died.
“He was ahead of the rest of his friends on his bike, and he was not wearing a helmet,” Troxell said, adding that Somoza’s companions were also riding dirt bikes. Virginia law requires the use of a helmet on a dirt bike, Troxell said.
It was the second fatal accident to occur at the park in recent weeks. Eric Lawson, 6, also of Sterling, was killed after being struck by a tree limb that fell during a powerful thunderstorm July 25.
— Caitlin Gibson
Original post: A teenager was killed in Loudoun County Thursday after he crashed his dirt bike into a closed gate that was blocking the entrance of an athletic field, authorities said.
The 17-year-old, who was not named by authorities, was riding his dirt bike in the area of Loudoun Park Lane, east of Cascades Parkway, when he ran into the gate at Claude Moore Park, police said.
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