State police said two West Virginia residents were killed late Friday when the motorcycle they were riding hit a minivan on U.S. 11 at an intersection two-tenths of a mile south of Interstate 81 exit 317.
A press release issued by state police identified the riders as Jared R. Toothman, 26, of Capon Bridge, W.Va., and JenaLee C. McGrane, 21, of Capon Bridge, W.Va. They were thrown from their 2002 Honda CBR600 motorcycle and died at the scene after striking a 2005 Pontiac Montana minivan at the intersection, according to state police.
State police said their deaths came as they fled from a state trooper who tried to stop their motorcycle as it headed north on I-81 shortly before 10:30 p.m. The motorcycle sped away from the trooper and took an exit for U.S. 11, state police said. A chase ensued, and the motorcycle continued to speed south through three red lights on U.S. 11, state police said. The chase ended when the motorcycle hit the minvan at the third red light, state police said.
Two adults and four children in the minivan were taken to a Valley Health hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to state police.
Toothman and McGrane were wearing motorcycle helmets at the time of the accident, state police said.
State police are continuing to investigate the accident.