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Victim of motorcycle crash clings to life

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A Warrenton man who crashed his motorcycle into large decorative rocks in front of a Fredericksburg restaurant Sunday night was still clinging to life Monday.

The 55-year-old man was traveling on Cowan Boulevard about 9:30 p.m. when he crossed U.S. 1 on his Harley Davidson directly into the rocks near Umi.

The driver was unconscious at the scene and was rushed by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries.

City police have not released the man’s name. Capt. Rick Pennock said it is the department’s policy to not release a name unless someone is charged or killed.

According to police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe, the victim was one of three men riding motorcycles at the time. One was the victim’s son.

The group was coming from Central Park and would have turned north onto U.S. 1 to head toward Warrenton, but Bledsoe said it appeared the victim never turned his motorcycle at all.

Police said alcohol was a factor in the crash.

One of the victim’s companions, 47-year-old Steven Bartee of New Baltimore in Fauquier, was arrested at the crash scene after giving the responding officers a difficult time.

He was charged with public intoxication and placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

The adult son of the victim is not facing any charges.

The investigation is continuing, Bledsoe said.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404