Updated: Fatal motorcycle crash reported along West Neck Road

Police work near a bend in West Neck Road on Tuesday, Feb. 13. They responded to the scene of a fatal single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle, police said in a social media post. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

PUNGO – Police identified a city man killed in the Tuesday, Feb. 13, motorcycle crash on West Neck Road as William Taylor Bird.

In an updated statement placed online, police said Bird, 34, was the rider of the only vehicle involved in the crash.

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, police reported that a call about a serious motorcycle crash on the 3700 block of West Neck Road came in at about 2:30 p.m., Tuesday.

Police determined Bird was travelling northbound on West Neck Road and lost control while approaching a sharp curve, according to a statement released by Master Police Officer Linda Kuehn, a Virginia Beach Police Department spokesperson.

The motorcycle left a roadway and struck a tree, and the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, Kuehn wrote.

Portions of the road were closed for nearly three hours while public safety personnel worked at the scene. The road reopened at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Officials worked near a nearly 90 degree bend in the road near a wooded area southeast of West Landing Road.

Ed. — This story was updated on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with additional information from police. It was last updated on Friday, Feb. 16, after police identified the motorcyclist.

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