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Man charged in accident that killed motorcyclist
An improper lane change charge has been filed against the 84-year-old man who allegedly pulled into the path of a motorcycle and caused a crash that resulted in the death of a Pennsylvania man.
Oscar Dodson, Jr., who, according to town public information officer Wally Bunker, lives in Culpeper but has a Sperryville address, was chargedThursday and released on a traffic summons.
James Morrison, 47, an off duty University of Pennsylvania police officer from Philadelphia, was killed when his Harley Davidson bike crashed during the Aug. 29 accident.
“Morrison and about seven other Blue Knight motorcycle riders were headed south on Madison Road when a 2008 Ford pickup operated by Dodson allegedly pulled onto Madison Road from Oaklawn Drive,” Bunker said. “The pickup truck then allegedly crossed over the right lane and attempted to turn into southbound lane closest to the median.
While applying his brakes, Morrison, who was in the left lane, lost control of the motorcycle which rolled several times causing Morrison to be thrown from it. He died about 90 minutes later at Culpeper Regional Hospital.
The bike did not collide with Dodson’s truck, Bunker said.
Town Sgt. Andy Berry investigated the accident.