Virginia State Police trooper Bradley Coleman was indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury on Monday. His involvement in a crash killed a motorcyclist in Rockingham County, according to theDaily News-Record.
Coleman was indicted with involuntary manslaughter, with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
The trooper appeared in Rockingham County Circuit Court following his indictment. He was set a $ 10,000 bond and ordered to not possess a firearm.
Coleman was heading east on Brooks Gap Road at about 9:50 p.m. on May 2 when he crashed into an eastbound 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. According to police, he was driving a 2013 Ford Taurus Cruiser.
According to the DNR, the driver of the Harley, Jeffrey M. Cash, 54, of Timberville, Virginia, died at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.
The trooper was on duty and responded to a medical call with his emergency lights and sirens activated, police said. Coleman wasn’t injured.
After searching Coleman’s home, police seized his phone to determine whether his use of a cell phone contributed to the wreck.
An affidavit for the search warrant for his home said that there’s video evidence that he was using a cell phone just seconds prior to the crash, though it’s not clear what video the affidavit was referring to.
According to the DNR, Coleman was taken to be processed at Rockingham County Jail after his indictment. He’s scheduled for an Oct. 23 hearing.
The VSP said Coleman’s been on administrative leave since the crash in May.
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