Police say speed contributed to a young man’s death in a motorcycle crash Saturday in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County. He, another motorcyclist and a Camaro driver “rapidly accelerated” when a traffic light turned from red to green, police said.
Travis West, of Portsmouth, died after the fiery crash at about 10:15 a.m. on Jeff Todd Way, just outside Fort Belvoir. He was 20, county police said Sunday.
According to a preliminary investigation, West, riding a 2018 Ducati sport bike, was stopped at a traffic light along with the operator of a 2019 Kawasaki sport bike and the driver of a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro. When the light at Jeff Todd Way and Route 1 turned green, they each “rapidly accelerated,” headed west.
The motorcyclists each tried to pass the driver of a 2013 Acura TL. West crashed into the side of the Acura and then the back of a stopped Fairfax County Connector bus, police said. The motorcycle and rear of the bus burst into flames. Photos show a cloud of black smoke over the area, at Mill Towns Court.
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The operator of the Kawasaki lost control, slamming the bike onto its side.
West and the second motorcycle rider were taken to a hospital, where West died. The other motorcyclist had injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.
The drivers of the Acura, Camaro and bus were uninjured, and there were no passengers on the bus. Jeff Todd Way was closed during the investigation.
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County prosecutors will review the police investigation, police said.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact police. Tips may be left anonymously. A reward of as much as $1,000 is available.