UPDATE: Man identified in fatal motorcycle accident

Published 4:59 pm Thursday, October 29, 2015



A 67-year-old Scottsville man died yesterday after suffering serious injuries in a two-vehicle accident yesterday near Barnes Junction.

According to Virginia State Police, John Erestus Vance Jr. died while being medically transported from the scene of the crash on U.S. Route 15.

The crash occurred at about 3 p.m. in the Bacon area when Vance, who was operating a motorcycle, went to pass a 1998 Freightliner tractor trailer and struck the vehicle, according to State Trooper J.D. Gregory.

“The semi truck had been traveling southbound and went to make a turn. The motorcycle was also southbound and went to pass the semi truck as he was turning,” said Gregory. “He ran into the front edge of the semi … The motorcycle also hit a sign.”

Sixty-nine-year-old Harold Martin, of Birch River, W.V. was the driver of the Slurry Pavers Company semi truck and was not injured in the crash, State Police said.