Motorcycle Crash

A motorcyclist had his left arm partially amputated after crashing in the eastbound lanes of 2180 Berryville Pike (Va. 7) in Frederick County about 5:50 p.m. on Thursday. Police said the rider was well over the 45 mph speed limit when he lost control of the 2017 Yamaha R-6.

WINCHESTER — A motorcyclist had his left arm partially amputated in a crash in Frederick County at 2180 Berryville Pike (Va. 7) in the eastbound lanes about 5:50 p.m. on Thursday.

State police said the motorcyclist was thrown under a guardrail while the 2017 Yamaha R-6 slid about 200 yards east before coming to rest. The motorcyclist was hospitalized at Winchester Medical Center in serious condition on Thursday. Corinne N. Geller, a state police spokeswoman, said on Friday that she didn’t have the name or the condition of the man, but he is believed to have survived the crash.

Trooper Aaron Scott Eckman, who is investigating the crash, said on Thursday that the rider was in excess of the 45-mph speed limit when he lost control and crashed. He said the motorcyclist, who he said was about 20 years old, was driving without a license and charges are pending.

Witness Jesse Sisk said he was standing by his front porch at 2222 Berryville Pike when he heard a bang and saw the motorcycle, which was spinning in 360 degree revolutions, slide by his home. Sisk said he called 911. “It was terrible,” he said.

Allison Lefever, Sisk’s 12-year-old daughter, said she ran to where the motorcyclist was lying on his side by the guardrail. She said the motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, T-shirt, backpack, jeans and sneakers, had blood on his arms and knees and was fading in and out of consciousness.

“There was blood everywhere,” she said. “He was trying to speak and [paramedics and police] were like, ‘Be calm, lay there, don’t move.’”

The 49-year-old Sisk, who has lived in his home his entire life, said Thursday’s crash was the worst he’s seen, but vehicles often speed on his section of road, which is between Greenwood Road and Granny’s restaurant. He said there have been a few crashes near or in front of his home.

“It’s a death trap through here,” he said. “When that light turns green up there, you don’t even know what’s coming down here. I’ve seen some crazy stuff.”

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(7) comments

Doc Samson

RE: Sensitivity about this story - If someone chooses to ride without a license, appears to be going too fast, and is dressed for a stroll on the beach, I don't think commenting about any of those things is being insensitive. No one said they deserved it or had it coming.

If it were my family member, I'd likely be angry they made all of those poor decisions and hope that they, indeed, learned a lesson and make better choices if they decided to ride in the future. Even better would be if they shared what they learned with others who might be making the same poor choices.

I do not want to argue back and forth with some a#%hat that has nothing better to do than comment on Winchester Star articles (more than likely from his mother’s basement) so this will be the last response.

Let’s get a few things straight...he has a valid drivers license and a motorcycle certification, he is an experienced rider and regardless of speed no one knows what happened but him.

And to say his family should be angry when they are thankful he’s alive is without a doubt the most ignorant thing I have ever seen written. I hope you never have an accident or need anyone’s sympathy. And “learned a lesson”??? Really? You hope a young man learned his lesson by having a traumatic life altering and almost life-ending accident? There is a special place reserved in h%ll for people like you. I truly hope you or your family never has to experience that kind of pain and then read ignorance like this. The Winchester Star was wrong to print what they did and only someone with no heart would comment.

Spock Here

You sure have his number, good for you. He can't shut up. I hope the young man is ok,

Doc Samson

ATGATT, folks. T-shirts, jeans, and sneakers don't hold up so well when they meet asphalt at speed...


He's lucky. Hope he's learned his lesson. Dress for the slide, not the ride.


All the protective gear in the world won’t protect a bike driver/rider from serious injury or death due to inexperience coupled with high speeds.

People should remember that the media lies and embellishes the truth to attract more readers. More importantly anyone who posts their opinion should remember that they are talking about a human being with a mother, girlfriend and family. Please be nicer humans.

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