A 1989 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle was traveling along Route 638 when it was struck by another vehicle. The impact of the crash caused the motorcycle to run off the left side of the road and strike a utility pole. The other vehicle fled the scene.
The operator of the motorcycle, Gary L. Tabor Jr., 32, of Pennington Gap, Va., was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. for treatment of life-threatening injuries. He succumbed to his injuries the next day. Tabor was wearing a helmet.
The hit-and-run vehicle is believed to be blue in color and may have damage to either the driver's front side or passenger's front side. There may also be damage to the hood of the vehicle.
Anyone with information related to this incident and/or the suspect vehicle is encouraged to call the Virginia State Police at (276) 228-3131. The crash remains under investigation.