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State police investigate two motorcycle crashes


Virginia State Police are investigating two crashes, one a fatality, involving motorcycles on Rivermont Road in Warren County.

The first accident occurred at 5:47 p.m. Saturday when an eastbound 1993 Harley-Davidson motorcycle ran off the right side of Rivermont Road near Lee Burke Road and struck a campaign sign, according to a release issued by state police Saturday night.

The driver, identified as a 54-year-old Ricky V. Cromer of Front Royal, was thrown from the motorcycle. He was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital and then flown to Winchester Medical Center, where he died later that night.

A second accident, involving a motorcycle driven by a 43-year-old Front Royal man, occurred about a mile away on Rivermont Road, the release states. State senior trooper R.L. Fiorvanti was rounding a curve in a Ford Crown Victoria on his way to the first motorcycle crash at 6:08 p.m. when an eastbound 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle crossed the center line and sideswiped the patrol car. The report states the motorcycle driver ran off the left side of the road, hit a tree and was thrown from his vehicle.

Police report the driver, Larry E. Darr Jr., 43, of Front Royal, had life-threatening injuries and was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Fiorvanti was not injured, and police report his car's lights and sirens were on when the second crash occurred.

Both motorcyclists were wearing helmets at the time of the crashes. Trooper C.R. Scally is investigating the cause of the earlier crash. The second crash, the release states, is under investigation.




25 Comments



NVD, proofread your work before you put it out there for the world to see. You're embarrassing yourselves.

Thank you. You took the words right out of my mouth. First you release the identitiy of the driver and then say you're not releasing the identity? Duh!

I have read and then re-read. I still do not see where they say they are not going to release the victims name. Am I missing something? My only thoughts are with the families and loved ones of these cyclists. May God be with you all !

Linda, I did the same thing. Then I noticed the article originally posted at 7:42am and was updated at 4:37pm, after the comments posted.

Why is it when a report is made of a motorcycle accident that the mention of wearing the helmet is made. They make it sound as if the helmet is an option. It's not.

When you have a State Police exceeding the speed limit as usual to get to a accident they cannot do anything about, of course they will say the motor cycle crossed the center line of the road. What else do you think the State Police will do, admit fault.

I don't see it either, Linda.

I'm beginniing to think they need to put Prozak into the water supply.

Is anybody going to address the issue of this being alchol related? The issue that he was leaving the Rivermont VFD chili cookoff after being served more alchol that the law allows. The issue that the chief of that FD is a Front Royal police officer? A man lost his life should be an eye opener to accountability!

This is certainly an item of great concern.

And can you tell me what the LAW ALLOWS for public events? I did not no there was a limit of alcohol that you can consume?????

Can you tell me what the LAW ALLOWS at public events? I am not aware that there is a limit to alcohol at public events, concerts, etc????

Really you want to place the blame on the fire dept. And it's members. So when someone goes to a bar and they do the same thing is it the bars fault. Or if they were at the pizza place? It is time to make people take the blame for what they do. I drink but i do not drive. How do you know that they were not getting the out of the back of someones truck. How do you know that is was not just speeding. So DO NOT GO POINTING FINGERS AT ANYONE AT THE FIRE DEPT. AND NO IM NOT A MEMBER. but I'm sure this is heavy on their minds and hearts. They had to respond. I am sorry to for the victims and their family as well. May peace be with you all

Yes, if someone leaves a bar and an accident occurs due to the beverage served there the bar can be held accountable for that.

I think it's sad that we are looking for typos and trying to point fingers. The real concern here should be consoling and praying for his family during this difficult time!

The NVD article some can't find the errors in is not the original article. I'll type slow because I know you can't read fast.
Yes, it is a shame someone lost his life in the accident. Did he consume alcohol? If he consumed too much the FD does SHARE the blame.
Trooper travelling too fast? You can bet your last dollar that without a witness they won't be found at fault.
Lastly, I doubt if the grieving family is spending a lot of time critiquing the comments in the Daily.

Yes, nobody made this gentleman drink what he did. Was the alcohol supplied and consumed on FD property, yes it was which makes them responsible to follow Virginia Abc laws. Second it is there duty as firemen and police officers to protect and serve. Where was that at? That oath they take should not only apply when they are on the clock. If a little more human compassion and adherence to FD and PD as well as Va ABC laws were followed as they should have been maybe this family would not have lost there loved one. If you do the duty do it 100 percent or dont do it at all.

I'm sorry but do you know for a fact that he was drunk? Do you think maybe you should think before you type since his family could be reading this while you are making assumptions and making it sound like he deserved it if he was drinking. As a matter of fact the man who died was my uncle and while he was far from perfect he was a damn good man. The other rider, who is fighting for his life in Inova Fairfax is my cousin. I know that everyone is entitled to their opinions but maybe you should think about who is going to read them when you post assumptions on something

This is the online comment section of a newspaper website. Not a funeral home or place to grieve. You are going to get all kinds of views from all kinds of people here.

That being said I also now am more cognizent that some family members will read these comments anyway and I am trying to be more respectful of their feelings.

Still don't think riding a motorcycle is a good idea and you should definately not ride one if you have dependents. This was an abnormally unfortunate weekend for riders and send condolences to the grief-stricken.

You are still avoiding my question you said
"Rivermont VFD chili cookoff after being served more alchol that the law allows.

What does the law say out outdoor activities, how much alcohol ARE YOU ALLOWED, and further more, I have not seen in any articles that any of this accidents were drunk drivers, so are you assuming? and please answer the question since you want to quote the law, I am assuming you have the answer.

I was not saying that he was drunk and definetly wasnt questioning his character. He was a father, son and an equal human to everbody in attendance. No matter what he drank or rode he surely didnt deserve to die. That was kind of my point. My point was that he deserved the same right to be safely served alchol as everyone else. I feel he didnt receive that option by of all people firefighters and law enforcment. I was merly tryng to shed some light on the fact that some FD and PD seem to feel they can do whatever that want and not be held accountable. Had he been served in accordance with the laws and protocall maybe you would not have lost an uncle and have a cousin injured.

How do you know that all the alcohol came from what the fire dept. Was serving. How do you know that he didn't only have one. You pointed someone out. Both the men may not have been over the limit at all you don't know. Carrie I'm sorry that your family is going thru this. May good wrap his arms around your family and bring you all peace.

Ricky was my friend and I do not believe he was drunk, but I am sure he would not blame the fire department.

What has happened to people's compassion for others? You have man who lost his life and another fighting for his life--and it was brought to your attention, both belonging to SAME family and you all want to sit around and make distasteful comments about them. I read the article and no where did I see the word alcohol used in it. Why are people assuming there was alcohol consumed? If it was, whats the reason for bringing it up and bashing firefighters and the police department? IF you have a problem with the Fire or Police Department, you could bring it to their attention somewhere else. It is very distasteful of you to be making accussations towards anyone on a news report, especially when there is a fatality. Please be more considerate of the families involved. How would you feel if it had been your family member?

What has happened to people's compassion for others? You have man who lost his life and another fighting for his life--and it was brought to your attention, both belonging to SAME family and you all want to sit around and make distasteful comments about them. I read the article and no where did I see the word alcohol used in it. Why are people assuming there was alcohol consumed? If it was, whats the reason for bringing it up and bashing firefighters and the police department? IF you have a problem with the Fire or Police Department, you could bring it to their attention somewhere else. It is very distasteful of you to be making accussations towards anyone on a news report, especially when there is a fatality. Please be more considerate of the families involved. How would you feel if it had been your family member? May God be with the families involved and give them strenght to get through this.

Hey super stupid, can you read anything or just blame people. I understand that the Chief was only there for a couple of minutes before he answered a structure fire call. And then by the way, the Chief then answered both accident calls. Easy to blame someone else, super stupid might want the facts before he talks. Why don't you contact the fire department and ask them questions? You do not even know who was all there.



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