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Police: 80-year-old Gainesville man dies after his e-bike was struck by an SUV

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An 80-year-old Gainesville man has died as a result of injuries he sustained late last month when he was struck by an SUV while riding an electric bike, according to police.

Police officers and rescue units responded to the intersection of Linton Hall and Devlin roads at about 4:27 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31, after a 2020 Toyota Highlander making a right turn onto Linton Hall Road from southbound Devlin Road struck the victim, identified as Tae Joon Byun, 80, of Gainesville, according to a Prince William County police news release.

Byun was riding an Ancheer DX3000 e-bike and was in the crosswalk when the accident occurred. He was not wearing a helmet and separated from the bike when he was struck, the release said.

The driver of the Highlander remained at the scene. Byun was transported to an area hospital and died as a result of injuries on Friday, Sept. 3. Police crash investigators were notified of his death on Thursday, Sept. 9, the release said.

No charges have yet been filed in connection with the incident but are pending consultation with the Prince William County commonwealth’s attorney’s office, the release said.

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Allen Muchnick

Section 46.2-924 Subsection C of the Code of Virginia clearly states: "Pedestrians [which legally includes e-bike riders] crossing highways at intersections shall AT ALL TIMES have the right-of-way over vehicles making turns into the highways being crossed by the pedestrians."

When a turning motorist speeds through a crosswalk and strikes a person lawfully crossing the street within that crosswalk with lethal force, he or she should be prosecuted for reckless driving or at least careless driving, if reckless intent would be difficult to prove.

At a minimum, even if the e-bike rider is deemed somehow negligent (and his lack of a helmet is irrelevant), the PW County police department and commonwealth's attorney's office have a public duty to at least issue a traffic citation to the driver who killed a human being using a crosswalk in broad daylight.


The law does not require him to wear a helmet so why is that even mentioned. What was the driver of the car wearing or doing when they struct someone in a crosswalk? Stop victim blaming!

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