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Bicyclist airlifted after SUV collision

SoVaNow.com / April 07, 2014




A South Boston man was airlifted to Duke Medical Center for treatment of his injuries after he was struck by a automobile Saturday night around 7:15 as he was riding a mountain bike on Route 360 near South Boston Speedway.

The bicyclist, 27-year-old Kevin Van-Tassel of South Boston, was riding a specialized mountain bike, said investigating Virginia State Trooper G.K. Brandes. Van-Tassel was pedaling with two friends on U.S. 360, about a quarter-mile from the intersection of State Route 878, when the accident happened.

Van-Tassel was struck by a 2012 Chevrolet SUV operated by 66 year old Sandra Hill of Stuart.

Brandes said the bicyclist was alert and conscious after being struck, but he was airlifted to Duke Medical Center for treatment of leg injuries and various scratches and bruises.

After speaking to the two companion bikers and the driver of the SUV — all who said the glare of the late afternoon sun was blinding — Brandes opted not to file charges.

The crash was not connected to trafffic exiting the speedway, which had hosted a race earlier in the day.



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