VSP: Henry County motorcyclist dies following Friday’s crash in Franklin County

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Virginia State Police say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the motorcycle crash following a police pursuit on New Year's Day.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police announced Thursday that one of the three people injured in a crash between a motorcycle and an SUV in Franklin County last week has died from his injuries.

According to police, the crash occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m. on Friday, June 18 along Snow Creek Road/Route 890, just east of Shady Grove Road/Route 882. 

Authorities say a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser was heading west on Snow Creek Road, crossed the centerline, and hit an eastbound 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The impact of the crash then caused the Toyota to run off the road and strike a tree. 

In addition, the motorcyclist and the passenger — identified as 30-year-old Richard L. Boyce, Jr. and 29-year-old Chastedy R. Boyce, both from Bassett — were reportedly thrown from the motorcycle and airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Virginia State Police say Richard died from his injuries on Tuesday, June 22.

Meanwhile, the driver of the Toyota — 52-year-old Lori D. Oyler of Martinsville — was brought to Roanoke Memorial Hospital in an ambulance with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.

The two people on the motorcycle were reportedly wearing helmets and Oyler was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

According to officials, charges are currently pending in connection with this crash, which is still under investigation.

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