Police: City man killed in motorcycle crash at curve near Pungo, ‘excessive’ speed a factor

Virginia Beach police are shown at the scene of a fatal single-vehicle motorcycle crash on the 1500 block of Princess Anne Road in rural Virginia Beach, Va., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

VIRGINIA BEACH – A city man died in a motorcycle crash on Princess Anne Road in rural Virginia Beach on Tuesday, July 6, according to police.

Police on Wednesday, July 7, identified the motorcyclist as Mitchell L. Abrams, 22, of Virginia Beach. Police in a statement said they responded to a reported single-vehicle motorcycle crash at 5:58 p.m., Tuesday, July 6, on the 1500 block of Princess Anne Road and found Abrams, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation showed Abrams was headed southbound on Princess Anne Road and lost control at a curve in the road. The motorcycle left the road and Abrams was thrown from the bike, according to police. The scene of the crash was along Princess Anne Road between Malbon and Pleasant Ridge roads.

Police in their statement said “excessive speed” is believed to have been a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation by members of the Virginia Beach Police Department Fatal Crash Team.

It is the second fatal motorcycle crash this year along the rural stretches of Princess Anne Road, the main two-lane artery between the Pungo village area and the North Carolina border.

In April, a 56-year-old woman died after losing control of her motorcycle at a curve further south along Princess Anne Road, according to city police.

That single-vehicle crash, in which Carole M. McCullough of Virginia Beach died, occurred in the 400 block of Princess Anne Road.

Ed. — An initial version of this post misstated the date of the crash.

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