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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. 

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(9) comments

Jeannie Larrea

It is a privilege, not a right to drive on the roads in this country. Furthermore, the law states that a bicycle is a non motorized vehicle that can travel on the open road, unless stated otherwise. It is ignorant and foolish to blame the cyclist clearly when the police charged the driver with a crime. Not in every instance, is the driver wrong or the cyclist wrong. Both sides have careless representatives. It is time drivers educate themselves on what sharing the road really means. Look up your laws and understand what can and can’t be done before passing judgment. This man is dead and this woman now faces a small misdemeanor charge for actually killing someone. And the cyclist was on a suicide mission. At 77 years old...on a Sunday afternoon...yeah I don’t think so. My husband and son are both racers and ride these roads. So do all our friends. My 10 year old niece will be riding on her road bike this summer on these roads. I even take my dog on rides. We are not trying to kill ourselves. We are a family enjoying the wonderful nature around us. And we pay taxes...we have 2 brand new cars and are a home owner. So we also have a right to these roads in Fauquier County!!!


Bicyclists have bullied their way onto the roads - but they don't pay to support the road, they aren't licensed, insured and registered.

How does this work?

Jeannie Larrea

I am a cyclist who owns cars and a home. I pay my taxes just like you. That is how it works. Plus the bike I ride is one that costs a pretty penny. Hit me with a car, it is like any other auto insurance claim.

F Harris

Really? A simple misdemeanor for hitting a legal road user and sending him into life support? I can only hope the charge will be raised to manslaughter, at a minimum, if he dies. And his widow or family should pursue civil charges as well. Shameful.


Truly a tragedy that a driver is being charged for the selfish, suicidal actions of a kamakazi bicyclist.

F Harris

Cyclists - as the Sheriff's office and Virginia law have clearly stated - have every legal right to use that road, same as a motor vehicle. It is up to the driver of the motor vehicle to be extra careful when driving near or passing a cyclist. The tragedy is that the driver may have ended up KILLING that cyclist.


Play stupid games and win stupid prizes. You will never win against a motor vehicle. Period.

Jeannie Larrea

No cyclist out there is ever playing around with a motor vehicle. We are all well informed of the dangers and peril riding our bicycles can be. We choose to do it anyway as we have the right to ride on the shared road. That is the fact!!!

Jeannie Larrea

I can guarantee that this cyclist was not on a suicide mission. That is rude and inconsiderate to state given the limited information you have. What if this were you?

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