Driver involved in bicycle accident charged with DUI

The driver who hit a man on a bicycle on U.S. Route 11 in Strasburg on Wednesday afternoon has been charged with driving under the influence, said Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police.

“The driver of the SUV was Ernest L. Tharpe III, age 34, from Strasburg,” Tyler said. “The bicyclist was a Raymond T. Swinson Jr., 24, from Strasburg. … Based on Trooper (J.T.) Custer’s investigation, Mr. Tharpe was charged with DUI and having an open alcoholic container in his vehicle. It’s still under investigation.”

Swinson was transported to Winchester Medical Center with “critical injuries.” An update on his condition was not available.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com.