GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — More than 16 months after a motorcyclist died in a crash involving a Narrows police officer, all charges were dropped against the officer.
According to Virginia State Police, a 2020 Harley-Davidson FXS was traveling west on Route 460 (Virginia Avenue) in the Town of Narrows around 10 p.m. on July 24, 2020.
However, as the motorcycle approached the intersection of Route 460 and 3rd Street, officials say it swerved to the left to get around the traffic stopped in the westbound lanes before losing control.
The motorcycle reportedly rolled over onto its side and hit the side of a Town of Narrows Police vehicle that was stopped in the roadway with its emergency equipment activated.
The motorcyclist — identified by Virginia State Police as 28-year-old Michael A. Acord of Rich Creek — was thrown from the motorcycle. Even though police say he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, he died at the scene.
The Giles County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office confirmed to WFXR News that a Narrows police officer, Chad Stilley, was on trial this week in connection with the fatal 2020 crash.
According to court records, Chad Stilley was arrested on July 13 — nearly a year after the crash — and charged with felony involuntary manslaughter, failure to yield the right of way, and misdemeanor reckless driving.
However, on Thursday, Dec. 9, which was the fourth day of the jury trial, all three charges were dismissed, officials say.
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