Veteran dies in motorcycle accident on Jefferson Davis Highway in Chesterfield

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield County Police Department said one man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Thursday afternoon.

Police said the accident occurred at about 2:45 p.m. on June 17, at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway and Happy Hill Road. They said an SUV was turning left from northbound Jefferson Davis Highway onto Happy Hill Road when it was struck by a motorcycle traveling south on Jefferson Davis.

The motorcyclist, who was later identified as 71-year-old Argyl Stevens, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

CCPD said all southbound lanes of Jefferson Davis Highway were closed to traffic, and diverted onto Happy Hill Road. Lanes fully reopened around 8 p.m.

Officers at the scene tells 8News that the victim is a Vietnam veteran who served in the marine corps.

“He probably just went out for a spin and didn’t come back,” said Shaun Mizelle, an employee at Stephanie’s Pet Grooming. The business sits in the shopping center at the intersection of Jeff Davis Hwy and Happy Hill Road.

Also in the shopping center is a family dental office.

“A couple coworkers of mine were up front and they saw the dentist’s office run across the parking lot,” Mizelle explained. “They said that the dentists had done CPR and a couple other people had tried to, and he just wasn’t responding.”

Mizelle tells 8News that a lot of accidents happen at the intersection. In his 11 years working at the pet groomer, he has seen many crashes.

“Before that light was there, we saw at least one a week, so it was pretty awful,” he told 8News.

Mizelle said the intersection’s traffic light was put up a couple of years ago.

“It definitely helped but it’s still a pretty bad spot, especially when people are coming over that hill,” Mizelle said.

“Condolences to the family, and on both sides, it’s just a terrible thing to happen,” said Mizelle.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.

This is a breaking story, stay with 8News for updates.

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