A Rockingham County grand jury indicted a Virginia State Police trooper involved in a Rockingham County crash that killed a motorcyclist.
Bradley Coleman was indicted Monday on an involuntary manslaughter charge, a crime that calls for up to 10 years in prison.
Following his indictment, Coleman appeared in Rockingham County Circuit Court.
Judge T.J. Wilson scheduled a hearing for Oct. 23 to determine whether Coleman hired an attorney.
Wilson set a $10,000 unsecured bond. He also ordered Coleman not to possess a firearm.
Following the hearing, a state trooper took Coleman into custody and escorted him to the Rockingham County Jail for processing.
Coleman has been on paid administrative leave since the May crash, according to the VSP.
The Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case because Rockingham County prosecutors recused themselves due to the close working relationship they have with the trooper.
Police say Coleman was driving a 2013 Ford Taurus cruiser, heading east on Brocks Gap Road near Spar Mine Road at about 9:50 p.m. on May 2 when he struck an eastbound 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
The motorcyclist, Jeffrey M. Cash, 54, of Timberville, died at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.
Police say the trooper, who was not injured, was responding to a medical call with his vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens activated.
Police have declined to release further details, including how fast Coleman was driving or why he was responding to a medical call.
State police searched the trooper’s home in the 18000 block of Brocks Gap Road in Bergton on May 11, according to court documents.
They seized Coleman’s iPhone 6 to try to determine whether his use of a cellphone contributed to the crash.
“Video media evidence indicates that he was using a cellular telephone seconds prior to the crash in which another person was killed,” according to an affidavit for the search warrant for his home. It’s unclear what video the affidavit is referring to.
Corinne Geller, a VSP spokeswoman, has declined to say where the video might have come from.
Geller said Coleman’s cruiser did have a dashcam but that camera points outward.