Speed possible factor in Centreville motorcycle fatal

Fairfax County police think speed may have played a part in a fatal motorcycle wreck in Centreville Friday night.

Thirty-three-year-old Reginald Blake Jr., of Leesburg, died in the accident at Route 29 and Pleasant Valley Road. Crash reconstruction detectives say that Blake lost control of his motorcycle after doing a wheelie. He then crashed through some brush and over a ravine before being thrown from the bike.

The crash was the second fatal motorcycle accident in the area over a two-day period last week. The first took the life of Quantico town council member Jerre S. Thomas II. Virginia State Police say Thomas, 57, died after his cycle was hit by a Honda sedan that changed lanes. It happened during Thursday morning’s rush hour on I-95 near mile marker 151.

Troopers report that Thomas tried to regain control after the collision but his motorcycle left the pavement, then re-entered the left lane and fell onto its right side. Thomas was taken to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and later died. The driver of the Honda was unhurt.

Thomas had been campaigning for a re-election to the Quantico Town Council. Ironically, on his Facebook page Thomas had commented on a recent incident in which a Florida driver allegedly ran a motorcyclist off the road during a road rage incident.

Thomas, a Marine Corps veteran, was the chief of the Visual Information Branch of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Police are consulting with the Commonwealth Attorney regarding charges. The crash remains under investigation.

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