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Vehicle strikes bicyclists near Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL – A motor vehicle struck two bicyclists on U.S. 340 south of Front Royal on Saturday, sending both riders to hospitals.

Virginia State Police identified the driver of the vehicle as Jesse Fox, 29, of Front Royal, spokesman Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler said Monday. The incident remains under investigation by Trooper M.A. Lawson, Tyler said. Authorities have not yet charged Fox in the investigation, Tyler added.

Police responded to the scene of the collision at 7:15 a.m. Saturday at Stonewall Jackson Highway (U.S. 340) approximately one-tenth of a mile north of Browntown Road, Tyler said.

A 49-year-old man followed by a 55-year-old man were riding bicycles in the right lane northbound on Stonewall Jackson Highway. Tyler said a 2007 Ford Explorer driven by Fox traveling northbound on the highway came up from behind the bicyclists and struck both.

Emergency responders flew the 55-year-old man to Inova Fairfax Hospital. An ambulance crew took the 49-year-old man to Winchester Medical Center, Tyler said. Police would not give more details about the conditions of the victims, citing privacy laws.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Fire and Rescue Services assisted state police at the scene. The state police crash reconstruction team also participated in the investigation.

The Virginia Department of Transportation rebuilt the section of U.S. 340 from Browntown Road and Skyline Vista Drive to the Front Royal town limits without bicycling lanes in the early 1990s. Warren County has since installed a sidewalk on the west side of that section of U.S. 340.

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