Motorcycle Accident Update

The motorcyclist killed in yesterday’s high speed chase in Christiansburg has been identified as 45 year-old Robert Nathaniel Cowan II of Wytheville. Cowan II was driving a 2008 Suzuki GSXR at the time of the crash. Police say he was wearing his helmet and died at the scene.
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State police are investigating a deadly motorcycle crash in Christiansburg, that happened near 3 p.m. close to the intersection of Roanoke and Depot streets. A motorcyclist was clocked at 145 mph on I-81 between the Radford and Christiansburg exits. A state trooper activated his lights and the motorcyclist sped off. At the 118B off-ramp, the cyclist collided with one of the state police vehicle pursuing him. Ultimately he crashed into a utility pole and was thrown off the bike. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are trying to notify his next of kin. Officers report that the driver’s Virginia license was suspended. His identity is being witheld until family is notified.