Leesburg Man Dies After Ashburn Road Motorcycle Accident

Truck’s failure to yield may have led to crash; rider wore novelty-type helmet.

A Leesburg man riding his motorcycle along Ashburn Road lost his life Aug. 1 after colliding with a pickup truck.

Kenneth Maurice Irish III, 55, was riding his 1998 Harley Davidson north on Ashburn Road near its intersection with Faulkner Parkway around 5 p.m. David Wayne Schrader, 49, of Stephens City, was heading westbound on Faulkner and was attempting to cross Ashburn Road when the crash occurred.

Emergency personnel transported Irish to Inova Loudoun Hospital in Lansdowne where he died from his injuries.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Schrader did not yield at the stop sign on Faulkner, according to a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office press release. Investigators also determined that Irish’s helmet was a novelty-type that has not been approved for use on highways.

The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff’s Crash Reconstruction Unit and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will review the results.

Jack August 02, 2011 at 09:29 PM
that is a BAD intersection....there needs to be at least a 4 way stop and at best a traffic light. Seen many accidents there and bad blind spots. Cars come out of nowhere when you try to cross it. Ashburn, suprisingly, has bad traffic design....
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Jack P August 03, 2011 at 12:33 PM
I'm at that intersection several times in a week....and have always felt it was a place waiting for an accident....as I leave Faulkner heading west I always have to remind myself Ashburn Rd. traffic does not have to stop....I am the last person that wants to see another stop sign or traffic light put in place; however this intersection is certainly a candidate....
Brian Virgo August 03, 2011 at 01:05 PM
I agree. I am the last (or 2nd to the last) to suggest another light, etc., but this intersection has been begging for a 4-way Stop sign.
V. Nilsov August 03, 2011 at 01:35 PM
The whole "let's take an existing road system and re-align the whole darn thing one piece at a time" approach has its downsides, and that intersection, the entire west end of Shellhorn, and the T at Ashburn Rd./Waxpool seem to have particularly gotten the rotten end of this deal.
Jackie October 16, 2011 at 09:39 PM
I have contacted the Loudoun Sherriff's Dept about this intersection in the past. My husband and I have had several close calls on Ashburn Rd. at Faulkner Pkwy. They have a complaint form online and are responsive to it. If more people complete the online form then maybe something will be done about this intersection before more lives are lost. http://loudoun.vhost.vipnet.org/sheriff/complaint.htm
Neelofar Haram October 16, 2011 at 10:06 PM
I agree, its a dangerous intersection. I've mentioned it in the following story. http://ashburn.patch.com/blog_posts/waxpool-road-needs-signals


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