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Charges pending in I-77 motorcycle fatality

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

LAMBSBURG — Charges are pending in the Aug. 17 van-vs.-motorcycle crash on Interstate 77 that left a 53-year-old Portsmouth man dead.
Virginia State Police Trooper John Delp reported that victim Robert Terrell Hensely was northbound near I-77’s 1.8 mile marker in the center lane when the incident occurred. That’s when a 1998 Chrysler van, operated by Joe Cook of Woodlawn, changed lanes from the left to the center, the report said. That caused the motorcycle to strike an International tractor-trailer being operated by a Mario Garcia.
That collision resulted in Hensley’s death.
Cook later came forward to the Virginia State Police office and made a statement to the trooper. It is believed that the motorcycle was in the van’s blind spot at the time of the accident.
Delp said there was a paint mark on the van that appeared to show a collision with the motorcycle.