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Motorcyclist dies in crash on Lesner Bridge in VB

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) -- Officers responded to a fatal accident involving a motorcyclist at the Lesner Bridge on Friday night. 

The crash happened in the 3400 block of Shore Drive, at the bottom of the Lesner Bridge on the east side of the Lynnhaven Inlet. The call for the accident came in at 5:34 p.m.

An eyewitness told 10 On Your Side two motorcyclists both accelerated west at a high speed when the red light they were stopped at switched to green. 

Police say the trailing motorcyclist lost control and crossed into eastbound traffic. He was struck and killed by an SUV, according to the witness. His motorcycle traveled another 80 to 100 yards before hitting another vehicle. 

Police identified him Monday as 26-year-old Brandon Carneal, of Virginia Beach.

According to the witness, the lead motorcyclist turned around and saw what happened, before taking off down the road. 

Police say both speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors in the crash. 

No one in either of the two vehicles heading east were injured. 

The area around the bridge was closed off as police investigated, but reopened around 9:45 p.m.

Friday's death is the fifth this week for motorcyclists/moped drivers in Hampton Roads, including four in Virginia Beach. 

On Thursday night in Virginia Beach, a motocyclist and a moped driver were killed after a race involving the motorcyclist and the driver of a Subaru on Dam Neck Road. The driver of the Subaru, a 17-year-old female, has been charged following the crash. 

A motorcyclist was also killed around 11:10 p.m.Tuesday after colliding with a vehicle on Virginia Beach Blvd. Two people in the vehicle were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

On Monday, a man was killed in a high-speed motorcylcle crash on Big Bethel Road in Hampton. Another man was taken to the hospital. 


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