GLOUCESTER, Virginia (WAVY) – A man was found alive on the side of a Gloucester highway Monday after crashing on a motorcycle days before.
Virginia State Police was contacted Monday by the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the discovery of a motorcycle crash, according to Corinne Geller with the VSP.
A 2002 Kawasaki motorcycle had traveled west on Hickory Fork Road when it left the right side of the roadway and overturned about 20 feet from the wood line. The motorcycle slid several more feet into underbrush and struck several trees.
The motorcycle’s operator, 28-year-old Daniel G. Cain of Gloucester, was found with broken bones and bug bites about 15 yards away from the highway. He was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Cain’s mother, Victoria Jurgensen, told WAVY.com last Wednesday night was the last time she’d seen him, as he left home on his motorcycle to grab a sandwich at a nearby Wawa.
“It’s not like him, so we thought he went, saw a girl, he overslept,” Jurgensen said. “We waited for him to call, no call, didn’t call his boss, didn’t call my husband, didn’t call me.”
Cain, an army reservist, didn’t show up for duty over the weekend either.
“The military is his first love, and I knew something was wrong,” said Jurgensen.
So she filed a missing persons report with the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office.
“I thought they would start looking for him, did they? No,” she said.
Jurgensen took matters into her own hands and enlisted family and friends to search for her son. They searched over the weekend with no luck, but on Monday, family friend Kellie Green and Katrina Welch searched on foot down Hickory Fork Road — the road to Cain’s home. While walking — and Green saw something.
“So I seen the shoe and I started walking a little further and I saw a pack of cigarettes, and then right here in this area I saw something shiny, and I picked it up and it was a mirror to a motorcycle,” Green said.
Green and Welch went into underbrush and found Cain alive and his motorcycle, completely out of view from the highway.
“I was putting up fliers when I got the call from my husband: ‘They found Daniel. You need to get back to Hickory Fork Road’ … ‘he’s alive,’ that’s all I could think,” Jurgensen said.
Geller said the crash happened several days before Cain was found, but it is still uncertain exactly which day.
Jurgensen said her son is still recovering from his injuries.
The crash is still under investigation.