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Motorcycle Accident Raises Concerns of Northwestern Pike's Safety

After Saturday's deadly motorcycle accident and previous accidents in the past, locals are now expressing concern of how safe Northwestern Pike in Winchester may be.
WINCHESTER, VA - One Frederick County woman died Saturday afternoon after a motorcycle accident.
It was around 3:45 p.m. when Tammy Darlene Garrison of Gore, 50, was killed immediately after being thrown from the motorcycle she was riding, and it all happened near Northwestern Pike and Mahlon Drive.
"They were operating a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle. They were traveling eastbound on Route 50. They were in the left hand lane when a 1997 Toyota Tercel pulled out in front of them from the crossover at that intersection," says Sergeant F.L. Tyler, Virginia State Police public information officer of Culpeper.
The driver of the motorcycle, Roger Lee Garrison of Gore, was taken to Winchester Medical Center. The driver of the Toyota, Sandra Lee Gregory, was not injured but was charged with reckless driving.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, previous accidents have taken place near Northwestern Pike in 2010.
"If we can pull a finger on something that's wrong and needs to be corrected, we will make every effort to correct," says Clifton Balderson, residency administrator of Virginia Department of Transportation.
Donnie Unger, the manager of Ducati Winchester has been riding motorcycles since she was a child. He says he has been in countless accidents that almost took his life and has even lost friends from motorcycle accidents.
"It's tough, it hurts the motorcycle community. Sometimes it gives a bad light on the motorcycle community," says Unger.
Unger has driven on Northwestern Pike several times and believes it is a road that is not necessarily safe, especially for motorcycle riders.
"It's a relatively tight road. Not a whole lot of visibility. The problem is with the background when motorcycles come down the road, it gets lost in the background," adds Unger.
The Virginia Department of Transportation did not make a comment on whether they are considering of making changes to the road.
With the Labor Day weekend approaching soon, state police say a lot of motorcycles are out on the weekends so they are cautioning all drivers to be observant, and yield to the right of way onto incoming vehicles.




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