People are still processing the tragic helicopter accident in Charlottesville on Saturday when two VSP pilots were killed. The chopper they were flying went down. They had been lending air support during the protests taking place downtown. In addition to brothers and sisters in the police community mourning their loss, those in the mountain biking community are saddened at losing one of their fellow cyclists.
Above, BRL Embrace The Adventure columnist and Virginia Off Road Series Founder, Woody Elliott, remembers his friend and trail cycling enthusiast Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen. Cullen was a helicopter pilot with the Virginia State Police. He was killed on Saturday – August 12, 2017 when his police chopper crashed in Charlottesville, Virginia. Woody, reflects on his friend in this brief audio interview.
Early reports published in this LawEnforcementToday.com article cite mechanical problems as the cause of the crash. A more detailed investigation is now underway by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Lt. Cullen’s family and Trooper-Pilot Bates’ family.