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Officer on motorcycle dies in Culpeper accident
A Pennsylvania policeman, a member of Blue Knights, was killed Thursday when he lost control of his motorcycle while trying to avoid a pickup truck that police say pulled out of a Culpeper side street and into his path.
The accident occurred about 12:30 p.m. as 47-year-old James Morrison, along with several other motorcycle riders from his police fraternity, were heading south on Madison Road near the Southgate Shopping Center.
According to town police public information officer Wally Bunker, an 84-year-old Sperryville (Rappahannock County) man driving a 2008 Ford pickup truck pulled into Morrison’s path, causing him to swerve.
Although Morrison, who was in the left lane of the southbound divided highway, didn’t strike the truck, he did lose control of his 2005 Harley Davidson bike, which rolled several times, Bunker said.
Morrison, who was an active duty police officer at a Pennsylvania university and also a reserve member of a military police unit, was transported to Culpeper Regional Hospital, where he died about 2 p.m.
The southbound lanes of Madison Road were closed for most of Thursday afternoon as a police reconstruction team investigated the accident. All traffic had to be rerouted east onto U.S. 15 because there is no westbound street that bypasses the accident scene.
No charges have been filed against the pickup truck driver, who was reportedly on his way to a dental appointment.