Virginia State Police is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Amherst

County. The crash occurred Sunday (Aug. 4) at 4:56 p.m. on the Route 29

Bypass near the Route 210 on-ramp.

A 2001 Suzuki VL 1500 motorcycle was traveling north in the right lane on

the Route 29 Bypass. According to witnesses, as the motorcycle was

attempting to merge into the left lane, it rear-ended a tractor-trailer

traveling ahead of it in the right, northbound lane.

The motorcyclist, Paul L. Zavilla Jr., 61, of Appomattox, Va., died at the

scene. He was wearing a helmet.

The tractor-trailer driver was not injured in the crash.

The Virginia State Police Appomattox Division's Crash Reconstruction Team

and the state police Motor Carrier Safety Team responded to the scene to

assist with the ongoing investigation.