Driver arrested following police pursuit, fatal crash involving moped in Alleghany County

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Man in moped crash on Sunday in Roanoke died of his injuries. (Photo: Courtesy MGN)

(PHOTO: Courtesy MGN.)

ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A driver who was involved in a police pursuit in Alleghany County was taken into custody on Tuesday, several hours after crashing into a moped and killing a rider.

According to Virginia State Police, at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 9, a Subaru Outback was traveling west on Route 696 when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a 2021 Dong Fang moped.

Police say the force of this crash caused the moped rider to be thrown into a Nissan Titan pickup truck, which was traveling behind the moped on Route 696 East. The crash occurred approximately two miles east of Route 616.

The moped rider — identified by officials as 26-year-old Randall L. Tinsley of Low Moor — was wearing a helmet, but he died at the scene.

The driver of the Nissan pickup truck was not injured in the crash.

Meanwhile, authorities say the Subaru made a u-turn and drove away from the crash site, heading east on Route 696. A short time later, the Subaru ran off the side of Route 696 and crashed again, the driver then ran away from the scene.

Prior to the fatal crash, authorities say the Subaru had been involved in a pursuit with the Clifton Forge Police Department.

With help from the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police took the Subaru’s driver into custody early on Tuesday, Aug. 10 on a warrant issued by the Clifton Forge Police Department.

According to police, charges related to the fatal crash are currently pending amid the ongoing crash investigation.

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