BEALETON, Va. - Mineral County firefighters were mourning the loss of another member this week, as Jordan Douglas Placka, 28, lost his life in a motorcycle accident in Virginia.

BEALETON, Va. - Mineral County firefighters were mourning the loss of another member this week, as Jordan Douglas Placka, 28, lost his life in a motorcycle accident in Virginia.

According to reports, Placka, of Burlington, was operating a 2010 Harley Davidson south on U.S. Route 17 south of Bealeton, Virginia, when a sheriff’s deputy operating a stationary radar clocked him at 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The deputy waited for oncoming traffic to clear, then entered the highway to follow Placka.

According to a press release from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy put on his emergency lights to follow Placka, but was not chasing the motorcycle for safety purposes.

"He was not in pursuit," Sgt. James Hartman of the sheriff’s office said. "He could only see the motorcyclist's helmet and then lost sight of the motorcyclist in the crossover." 

According to the deputy, he observed Placka change lanes and enter the crossover to make a U-turn into the northbound lane.

It was then he apparently lost control of the Harley and laid it down in the northbound lanes at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The deputy did not enter the northbound lanes but came upon the aftermath of the crash, which also involved a tractor trailer, from the southbound lanes, Hartman said.

Placka was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was transported to the office of the chief medical examiner for an autopsy.

No charges have been filed in the case and it does not appear that they will be, Hartman said. However, the crash remains under investigation.

Placka was an active member of the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, where he was currently serving as first lieutenant.