Virginia State Police still are piecing together the cause of a fatal motorcycle crash that happened in Pittsylvania County on Monday afternoon.

Driver Donald Lee Butcher, 59, of Garner, North Carolina, was traveling northbound on U.S. 29 when his 2005 Honda GL 1800 ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail, police reported. The crash happened at 3:30 p.m. just north of Hawkins Road.

Butcher and passenger Carollee Ann Butcher, 57, also of Garner, North Carolina, both were thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. Both were wearing motorcycle helmets, police reported.

Virginia State Trooper C. Simpkins currently is investigating the details of the crash.

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