Driver charged after fatal crash with bicyclist

EASTERN SHORE, Va. (WAVY) — A bicyclist has died after a collision with a vehicle on the Eastern Shore Tuesday morning.

Just before 11:30 a.m., troopers were dispatched to a vehicle crash on Route 718 in Onancock involving a bicyclist, according to Sergeant Michelle Anaya with Virginia State Police.

An investigation revealed a 2011 Hyundai Sonata was traveling north when it swerved and struck a 58-year-old man riding a bicycle. He was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, and died hours later. The man has been identified as Franklin Kellam Belote of Onancock.

The driver, Helen McBonayth of Onancock, was charged with failure to observe marked lanes. Anaya said neither alcohol nor speed played a factor in the crash.

Anaya said the investigation into the crash continues. Stay with for updates on this developing story.


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