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Scooter driver dies in crash with pickup
Man dies after pickup truck hits scooter

 Workers prepare to tow away a pickup truck and motor scooter involved in a fatal crash yesterday on U.S. 1 near Allman's Bar-B-Que.
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Date published: 10/28/2011


A Spotsylvania man's morning trip for breakfast yesterday ended with a crash that killed a man driving a scooter.

The 65-year-old Spotsylvania man, who didn't want to give his name, was headed to Country Cookin' about 7 a.m. when he turned his 1989 Dodge pickup toward the Eagle Village shopping center and hit a scooter headed south on U.S. 1.

The 55-year-old scooter driver, Timothy A. Walthall of Fredericksburg, suffered head injuries and was later pronounced dead at Mary Washington Hospital, according to Fredericksburg police.

No charges have been filed, according to Fredericksburg Police Capt. Rick Pennock.

It could take a while to figure out what happened, he added.

As police reconstructed the crash scene in front of Allman's Bar-B-Que about 8:30 a.m. yesterday, the pickup driver stood in front of the NSWC Federal Credit Union smoking a cigarette.

He said he let a car pass before he turned from the northbound U.S. 1 turn lane toward the shopping center.

As he started to cross the southbound lanes, another group of vehicles was headed toward the intersection, he said.

He said he didn't see the scooter.

"I don't know where he came from. Terrible," said the man, who added that it was still dark when the crash happened. "I didn't see no light."

The impact of the crash knocked the scooter driver onto the pavement, and the scooter was wedged beneath the truck. Debris, including a helmet, was scattered around the intersection.

The pickup driver said a police officer arrived on the scene almost immediately and performed CPR on the scooter driver until the ambulance arrived.

"I just hope he's OK," the man said, not knowing the scooter driver had been pronounced dead. "It didn't look good."

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436
Email: sshenk@freelancestar.com