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Man dies in Va. motorcycle crash

A fatal motorcycle crash in Sterling is under investigation by the Loudoun sheriff's office, according to authorities.

Loudoun sheriff's deputies responded to the area of E. Church Road and Oak Tree Lane in Sterling around 10:30 a.m. Friday after a passerby reported seeing a 1993 Honda Shadow located along a treeline about 30 feet from the road, according to Kraig Troxell, Loudoun sheriff's spokesman.

The driver, identified as Charles J. Meyers, 56, of Minnesota, was found in a small ravine near the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office. He was dead when deputies arrived at the scene, Troxell said.

Police said it appeared that Meyers was traveling on E. Church Road when he left the roadway for unknown reasons after his motorcycle hopped the curb.

The single-vehicle crash remains under investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact Senior Deputy M. Cenate at 703-777-1021.

-- Caitlin Gibson

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By Washington Post Editors  | October 22, 2010; 4:31 PM ET
Categories:  Loudoun, Traffic Accidents  
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It's hard for many of us to feel too sorry for motorcycle and motorbike "accident" victims, when, nearly every day, we are passed on the highway or road by a speeding, careless, lane-hogging, obviously selfish biker who cares zip about safety or rules of the road.

Posted by: kinkysr | October 23, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Crotch rocket motorcyclists are the ones making a bad name for motorcyclists. Those owning Harley's obey speed limits and traffic rules. Drive on the Beltway and you will see what I mean.

Posted by: veloboldie | October 25, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

The article does not state why this person died. "he left the roadway for unknown reasons after his motorcycle hopped the curb." So lets not assume all motorcyclists are reckless. Who you can feel sorry for is the family, who lost someone important to them without knowing why at this time.

Posted by: k9067 | October 27, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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