DANVILLE — A police chase involving a motorcycle, in a fatality Tuesday night in Pittsylvania County.
It all started sometime after 11 pm when a trooper with the Virginia State Police tried to stop the driver of a Suzuki GSXR 600 — identified as James Lee Holley, 37, of Graham, North Carolina — for reckless driving on US 29 in Campbell County, authorities reported.
“The trooper activated his emergency equipment and the motorcycle refused to stop and speeded away,” Sgt. Richard Garletts, a spokesperson for the state police, wrote in a Thursday morning news release.
The chase continued into Pittsylvania County.
“The motorcycle was traveling south in the northbound lanes at a high rate of speed, when it struck a 2018 International tractor-trailer, head-on,” Garletts said.
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Holley, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene.
It wasn’t immediately clear in what area of US 29 the crash occurred.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not hurt. A fuel leak from the truck closed the roadway for what Garletts described as “an extended period.”
Authorities continue to investigate. The Virginia State Police crash investigation and motor carrier teams responded to assist with the investigation, the release stated.
— Danville Register & Bee