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.