McLean Police District – Officers responded for the report of a crash on Leesburg Pike (Route 7) near the intersection of Towlston Road on Tuesday, October 18. Detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit were called to the scene to investigate.
Shortly before 4 p.m., a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, driven by an 81-year-old woman from Potomac Falls, was traveling west on Route 7, approaching the intersection of Towlston Road. The intersection is controlled by a traffic signal and the light for westbound Route 7 was red. At about the same time, a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle, being operated by a 55-year-old man, was traveling south on Towlston Road, approaching the intersection of Route 7, on a green light. As the motorcycle entered the intersection, the Chevrolet failed to stop for the red light on Route 7, entered the intersection and struck the motorcycle. The rider of the Harley Davidson, Joseph Thomas Timpane, was separated from the motorcycle and struck a 2012 Nissan Altima that was stopped in the left turn lane of eastbound Route 7. The Chevrolet then struck the Nissan and continued across the eastbound lanes of Route 7, striking a 2009 Honda Pilot before coming to rest. Timpane, of Ridgeview Drive in Springfield, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this crash.
Charges are pending against the driver of the Chevrolet Cruze.
Crash Reconstruction Unit detectives would like anyone who witnessed this crash to contact them at 703-280-0543, or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
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