WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) — A motorcyclist fleeing from officers died in a single-vehicle crash on Monday night, according to Virginia State Police (VSP).
According to a release from VSP, a 2001 Honda Shadow motorcycle was traveling south on Route 611 when it ran off the right side of the road and hit an embankment a quarter-mile south of Route 883. Police responded to the crash at 10:12 p.m.
The driver, identified as Tommy G. Millhorn, 40, of Bristol, Tennessee, died from his injuries at the Johnston Memorial Hospital. He was wearing a helmet, according to VSP.
Before the crash, the Washington County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) had been pursuing Millhorn. A release from the WCSO states that a deputy had seen the motorcycle driving recklessly near Industrial Park Road. The deputy reportedly tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the motorcycle accelerated away.
During the pursuit, police say Millhorn’s motorcycle reached speeds more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit.
The WCSO reports that as the motorcycle was slowing down, it left the road and hit the embankment. Millhorn was awake and alert when police spoke with him. The release states that he had complained of neck pain and received aid from deputies until emergency services arrived and took him to Johnston Memorial.
The incident is being investigated by the VSP.