By Allen Worrell Editor
October 15, 2013
A motorcycle wreck Sunday evening in Cana left two people with serious, possibly life-threatening injuries.
According to Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Delp, the wreck occurred on Fish Lake Road (Route 687), about three-tenths of a mile from Epworth Road at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday. Delp said Chadwick Lee Haynes, 39, of Mount Airy, N.C. was operating a 2006 Honda motorcycle northbound on Fish Lake Road when the accident happened.
“He was traveling at a high rate of speed, well over the posted speed limit of 40, and failed to negotiate a curve and went off the road to the left. In so doing, he lost control and the motorcycle slid on its side and back across the road to the right. It went off the road to the right and came to rest,” Delp said. “During that process when it flipped, the passenger and driver were ejected off the vehicle.”
Delp said the vehicle slid off the road more than 300 feet more than the length of a football field. A passenger, Teresa Smith, 43, was airlifted from the scene, Delp said. The first helicopter called in couldn't make it over the mountain because of rain and limited visibility, he added. Delp said he believed Haynes was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.
“They did both receive fairly sustainable injuries, probably life-threatening,” Delp said.
Delp charged Haynes with reckless driving – failure to maintain proper control. Cana Rescue Squad, the Cana Fire Department and Carroll EMS all responded to the scene.