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Motorcyclist becomes latest Fairfax County traffic fatality in 2023

Hooes Road curves when approaching Crosspointe Glen Way in Lorton (via Google Maps)

A 46-year-old motorcyclist died in a crash on Hooes Road in Lorton late last week.

Springfield resident Samuel Gensler was riding a 2001 Harley Davidson north on Hooes Road Friday (May 19) afternoon when he lost control at the curve approaching the Crosspointe Glen Way intersection, the Fairfax County Police Department says.

According to police, Gensler veered off the roadway, “struck a driveway and was separated from the motorcycle.”

Police officers responded to the scene at 4:54 p.m. Gensler was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died.

“Detectives continue to investigate to determine whether speed and alcohol were factors in the crash,” the FCPD said in a news release on Saturday (May 20).

Gensler is the sixth non-pedestrian to be killed in a crash on Fairfax County roads this year — double the number of fatalities seen at this point in 2022, according to the FCPD. Earlier this month, another motorcyclist died in a crash on Richmond Highway in Lorton.

There have also been four pedestrian deaths, most recently when a fire engine hit a woman in Reston.

Those numbers from the FCPD don’t include highway incidents, such as last week’s fatal crash with a deer on the Dulles Access Road in Tysons. In total, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has recorded 11 fatalities in Fairfax County this year, though state data doesn’t show any deaths in May yet.

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