Motorcyclist Sent to Hospital with Life-Threatening Injuries

The accident between a motorcycle and a van has closed down Route 1 southbound to traffic.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: Route 1 at Telegraph Road is now open, according to Fairfax County Police.


A crash at Route 1 and Telegraph Road Wednesday afternoon involving a van and motorcycle has sent the motorcyclist to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Officer Eddy Azcarate, spokesman for the Fairfax County Police Department.

The motorcyclist, driving a black Harley-Davidson motorcycle, was involved in a crash with the driver of a tan minivan and was flown to Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.

The driver of the minivan, a woman, was also sent to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A 911 call came in to Fairfax County Police at 12:34 and police were on the scene at 12:35 p.m.

A crash reconstruction team from Fairfax County is on the scene.

The accident has closed down Route 1 southbound to traffic. Southbound drivers are being diverted to Fairfax County Parkway. Traffic headed north on Route 1 cannot make a left onto Telegraph Road.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Ibrahim Dia September 27, 2012 at 11:47 PM
No there was NOT a funeral precession!!!!
margie cockrill September 27, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I hope I misread the age of the elderly woman? Did I see 93? What is she doing on the road....obviously has judgement problems.......
Sally Spangler September 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Margie - look up - her stated age is 83 - !
Suzanne Penney September 28, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Where can we look up the story?
Meredith September 28, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Margie...do you personally know this woman?? My guess is probably not...this is why they are called accidents. So why don't people stop and think about that. There are no further details on how it happened so before you go accusing people why don't you wait to hear the facts. All that matters is that they both are ok and make a full recovery.
Sally Spangler September 28, 2012 at 01:57 PM
There are two left turn lanes on that corner. Next to those is one through lane and then three lanes to turn right, two of them turn right only on the light. From what I see in the first picture is that the bike was destroyed and the car was damaged on the right side to the complete destruction of that side. That leads me to believe the bike was darting ahead to turn left and the car was in the through lane. Common speed would make that sort of damage. (I think) Both were moving and the bike was hit by a car whose driver did not see and respond fast enough to not hit the bike. The police will never give us an answer.
Meredith September 28, 2012 at 02:09 PM
No they probably won't...the only obligation they have is to figure out the facts (by examining the actual scene..not pictures) and giving an answer the people who are directly affected by this ie the families and the two involved. So why don't we let them handle it...
Cynthia Mitchell September 28, 2012 at 04:24 PM
The single most common accident involving motorcycles is a car turning left, from the opposite direction, in front of them. I hope the rider recovers. If you drive a car, the least you can do for the rest of us is to pay full time and attention while you wield your deadly weapon.
Michelle Nicholson Kight September 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM
All witnesses have said the minivan driver turned left on red.
Kenyata September 29, 2012 at 06:16 AM
All I hear is people making ASSUMPTIONS. As adults we all know what happens when we ASSUME things. Is rt 1 a dangerously fast moving highway with impatient drivers, yes. Should all drivers (motorcyclist included) pay attention when we "wield a deadly weapon" in the form of a motorvehicle, absolutely. Is there a law that people over a certain age can not be on the road, negative. Are there plenty of people that are younger than "93" with "obvious judgement problems", we all know a few. Witness accounts of a traumatic incident have been proven to be highly unreliable. So please let the accident investigators do their job. Let both victims of this ACCIDENT recover. And unless you are directly involved, there is nothing more that you really need to know to satisfy your own curiosity. 
Concerned in VA September 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM
From what I understand, they took him into surgery to release pressure on his brain. He is medically sedated, but can be awakened to respond with his hands. That's all I know. Very sad.
Luckless Pedestrian September 29, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Haha, right. Well I hope the "victim" in the minivan is able to recover ok. Maybe she'll remeber to look next time. I don't even ride my bike any more, the three times a week chorus of, "I'm so sorry, i didn't see you.." was getting really old, then a woman crashed right into me from behind while I was sitting at a light behind other cars in broad daylight, on a red bike with a big, working tail light. You'll never guess what she said when I got up and turned around....
N Lewis September 29, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Thank you for all the concerns....the family just asks for your prayers!
Trinigurl98 September 30, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Thank you for the update. I've been searching everywhere for an update on his condition. I even heard he passed away. I'm glad to hear that he's sill with us and I pray for his full recovery.
Michelle Nicholson Kight October 01, 2012 at 10:56 AM
I am a close friend of his wife, and I'll tell you he is an extremely conscientious rider. He was NOT at fault as detectives have confirmed.
Trinigurl98 October 02, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Any updates on his condition?
Concerned in Lorton October 02, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I'm glad there are concerned human beings on this forum in addition to the negative people who acting like judge & jury. A poor man is critically injured. Pray for him. Pray for his family. Another woman (her age is irrelevent) was injured. Pray for her. Pray for her family. It was an accident. The police and lawyers will take on the responsibility of assigning blame for insurance and $ purposes. That has ZERO to do with the life that hangs in the balance. Imagine the fear of crashing in a vehicle with no doors or frame to protect you. Imagine the fear and worry for his family and for him as he goes through this nightmare. Kindly quit judging and just pray for those injured and affected. TO the families .... you're in our prayers. God bless.
Concerned in Lorton October 02, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Please send our thoughts & prayers to his wife. I'm so sorry for what they are going through. :(
Trinigurl98 October 03, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Concerned in Lorton...I couldn't have said it better. He has been in my prayers ever since it happened.
Michelle Nicholson Kight October 04, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Prognosis is good. Still in ICU.
Verysadwife October 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
My husband is still in Trauma ICU. He has severe brain trauma and has a long long road to recovery. He is only 35 years old and has 3 small children. He is a major in the army and served 3 tours to Iraq. He was hit by a 91 yr old women who turned left on red. These are the facts. It's been ten days and he is still on a breathing machine and has not opened his eyes. Please people keep us all in your thoughts and prayers!
Sally Spangler October 10, 2012 at 06:25 PM
OKAY by me Meredith. I guess, my suppose is just that. Looking at the damage on the car supposes to me who was where and who is the hitter and who is the hit. BUT, it is a supposition. Anyone can do that. I did, sorry it doesn't seem right to you. S
Concerned in Lorton October 10, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I'm so terribly sorry for what you & your family is going through. I've worked as an RN at Inova Fairfax Hospital and they have one of the best Trauma ICU's in the country, so he's in excellent hands. Do you and your family need meals or help? I can see what help our fellow members at our church could possibly provide. God bless.
Amy Wolf October 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Keep the faith. I just went through a very similar MC accident with my father in Richmond. After 21 days in STICU at MCV on breathing machines, he came through. He required in patient rehab, etc but is doing well. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
concernedfriend October 22, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Prayers to him and his family. Thoughts and prayers with them daily. Serious consideration for drivers at a certain age needs to be looked at with additional tests for license renewals at a certain age.
Steven M Kendall March 19, 2013 at 09:12 PM
OK it's me, the motorcyclist. I am finally home and spending time with my family. It hasn't been easy and has been very hard, especially for my wife. I am still suffering from my TBI and my left knee is pretty much gone (all but one ligament torn) as stated earlier, we all on here need to quit making assumptions. I don't remember the accident or anything months after. What I do know is that I've always been a conscienctious motorcyclist and the other driver was found guilty in court for the incident. There is so much that I want to say but I will keep them to myself. Just know that my life and my families life has been forever changed.
Reinaldo Mas March 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM
MAJ Kendall. I had the opportunity to be the first medical responder but I did not witness the accident. You were unconscious and not responding to painful stimuli. Pupils were approximately 3mm and equal. In addition you were having difficulty breathing with stridor. No gross bleeding observed at the scene. I secured the Aid Bag from the trunk of my car and performed basic measures while my wife waited. I apologize for cutting your clothes. Later to learned that we were peers at ILE. I was on group 29. Just want to said, I am glad you are back with your family. Stay Strong. Sincerely, MAJ Mas
Steven M Kendall March 20, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Major Mass, Words cannot adequately express my appreciation for all that you did. I don't know for a fact, but I would be willing to bet your actions saved my life. I'll even thank your wife for her patience while her husband worked magic.
Reinaldo Mas March 20, 2013 at 09:39 AM
MAJ Kendall, our appreciation to your remarks and our satisfaction is that God brought you back to your family through that magic. I was just an instrument. Thanks to you and your family for the service rendered to this great nation. V/R MAJ Mas
Sally Spangler March 20, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Steve - the non-there at the time of the accident know more about the participants that the participants know about themselves! God be with you as you get yourself back together. It is a long road! Sally


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