UPDATE: The cyclist injured in a March 24 collision on Halfway Road in The Plains has died, according to Fauquier County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. James Hartman.
Peter Slavin, 77, of Oakton, was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital Sunday evening after suffering significant brain injury when his bicycle and a 1998 Volvo collided on Halfway Road at approximately 5 p.m., said Hartman. Slavin died March 29 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, he reported.
ORIGINAL STORY: The driver of the 1998 Volvo that struck a bicyclist on Halfway Road in The Plains last Sunday has been charged by Fauquier County authorities with a misdemeanor.
Babette Alliger, 59, of Culpeper and Middleburg, is charged with reckless driving, a class 1 misdemeanor, the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday. She was released on a summons to appear in court.
According to the cyclist's family, the 77-year-old sustained significant brain injury and remained on life support in a Fairfax hospital.
Deputies were called to the crash at 4:59 p.m. on March 24. Alliger was driving a 1998 Volvo north on Halfway Road near Herringdon Road and attempted to pass the bicyclist, who was also traveling north. The Volvo and the bicyclist collided, causing the bicyclist to lose control and fall to the road, according to Hartman.
Halfway Road was closed for more than an hour while deputies examined the crash scene.
Hartman pointed out that Virginia law says that all persons riding a bicycle on a highway are “subject to the provisions of the Code of Virginia sections on motor vehicles and shall have the rights and duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle, unless a provision clearly indicates otherwise.”
However, he added that Virginia law also requires any driver of any vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction to pass at a reasonable speed at least 3 feet to the left of the overtaken bicycle. The car may not move to the right side of the highway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.
Hartman said that the last crash involving a bicyclist in Fauquier was in the Delaplane area in September 2018, when it is believed a Nokesville man was struck and killed by an unknown motorist. That crash is under investigation by the Virginia State Police.
Hartman said, prior to that, a local man was killed on Crest Hill Road near Hume in June 2013, when his bicycle was struck from behind by a pickup truck.
Fourteen fatal bicycle accidents occurred on Virginia roads in 2017, according to state records.