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WPD report the first traffic fatality since 2018

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) report the first traffic fatality in the City of Winchester since November 2018.

The incident was reported Jan. 8 at approximately 6:35 when authorities responded to a report of a traffic crash involving a motorcycle.

On arrival Winchester fire and rescue personnel began treatment and then transportation of the victim to Winchester Medical Center.

It was at the Medical Center where 25 year old Austin D. Ponsart of Warrenton succumbed to his injuries and died.

Witnesses report that Ponsart was traveling on his 2022 Harley Davidson motorcycle at a high rate of speed eastbound on Woodstock Lane.

Ponsart lost control of the vehicle and struck a telephone pole.

The Virginia State Police continue to assist the Winchester Police Department in the investigation.

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