Two killed in Clarke County motorcycle crash

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Two people from Pennsylvania were killed Friday afternoon in a crash involving their motorcycle in Clarke County.

William R. Winemiller, 69, of York, Pennsylvania, was riding his 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Route 7 with a passenger, 67-year-old Jane L. Winemiller.  As they approached the intersection with Main Street near Berryville at about 2:30, the motorcycle collided with a 2018 Honda Civic that was stopped for the red light, Virginia State Police Sgt. Brent Coffey said in a news release.

Both Winemillers were transported to Winchester Medical Center, where they died of their injuries. State police said they were wearing helmets. The driver of the Civic was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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State Police investigating fatal crash involving bicyclist

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Virginia State Police are investigating a crash that killed a 53-year-old bicyclist Wednesday in Shenandoah County.

Rex A. Catt, of Edinburg, was riding his bicycle eastbound and trying to cross Old Valley Pike at the intersection with Maple Lane, according to a news release from State Police Public Information Officer Brent Coffey. That’s when he was struck by a southbound 2004 Kia Seltos driven by a 74-year-old New Market woman. Coffey did not identify the driver by name.

Coffey said the driver could not avoid the bicyclist and immediately stopped at the scene after striking him.

Both the driver and Catt were transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment. Catt, who was not wearing a helmet, died en route to the hospital. The driver was wearing a seat belt and received minor injuries, Coffey said.

The crash remains under investigation.

Speed considered a factor in fatal Fauquier crash

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Virginia State Police say speed is considered a factor in a fatal single-vehicle crash Wednesday in Fauquier County.

The crash happened at 11:05 a.m. on James Madison Highway, about half a mile south of Beach Road.

31-year-old Michael A.H. Sanson, of Orange, was driving southbound in a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox when the vehicle left the right side of the roadway and struck a mailbox, then a tree. Sanson and a passenger, 67-year-old Brenda M. Atkisson, also of Orange, died at the scene. Troopers said Atkisson was wearing a seat belt; Sanson was not.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Fatal work zone crash under investigation

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A fatal work zone crash is under investigation in Jefferson County, West Virginia, on Route 340 near mile marker 1.

Just north of the intersection with Lewisville Road shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, flagger Kathy A. Ruth had stopped traffic in the area of the highway widening project.

A motorist drove up to the work zone at a high rate of speed and swerved toward the embankment to miss the stopped traffic, according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation. The vehicle struck Ruth and trapped her underneath it.

Witnesses and fellow road workers attempted to lift the car to move her before emergency personnel arrived. Ruth, 62, of Mount Hope, W.Va., was transported to Jefferson Medical Center, where she was pronounced deceased.

“I’m very sad for the family and our partner, A.L.L. Construction,” said Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston, P.E. “It’s so senseless that we can’t seem to make better choices when we get behind the wheel of our automobiles. I implore all drivers to please lay down your cell phone, stay focused, and obey all the rules of the road, especially in the many work zones around the state.”
Five people were killed in work zone crashes in West Virginia in 2023, according WVDOT. On March 14, a WVDOT worker was struck and badly injured at the scene of an accident in Clarksburg. On March 29, a WVDOT worker was patching potholes on Interstate 79 when a driver drove through the work zone and struck him. His injuries were minor

Clarke County authorities assisted in the investigation of the Route 340 incident at the state line. Jefferson County Sheriff Office continues to investigate this incident.

 

Click It or Ticket Campaign begins

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and local law enforcement are teaming up for the annual “Click It or Ticket” Campaign November 19-30.

So far this year, fatalities among drivers and passengers who were not wearing a seatbelt are down 12% from last year.

Of the fatalities, 73% were male and 20% in their 20s.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt can reduce the chances of a fatal crash by 55%.

DMV Commissioner Gerald Lackey said, “The good news is that fewer people who weren’t wearing a seatbelt were killed in crashes so far this year, but we can’t become complacent.”

The DMV provided a few refreshers to help make sure you start your holiday journey safely.

Those include making sure any children are buckled securely and in the correct safety seat, making sure the seat belt clicks and is tight across your hips and chest, as well as keeping your seatbelt on the whole trip, every time.

No matter how close you are to home.

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Driver runs from fatal crash in Hagerstown

Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal crash from Sunday morning at 4:12 am that occurred along a stretch of Greencastle Pike north of U.S. 40 and south of Bradfording Road.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers discovered a blue Honda Civic that had drove off the road for an unknown reason and hit a fence.

The driver from Williamsport originally fled from the scene on foot before being found by police.

His identity is being withheld as the investigation attempts to determine if the driver committed any crimes.

The passenger, Anthony Matthew Ruff, 23, of Frederick, Maryland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact the Maryland State Police in Hagerstown at 301-766-3800.

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Fatal crash in Charles Town ejects passenger

At 5:44 pm on April 18th, the Charles Town Police Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on US Route 340 north of the intersection with Patrick Henry Way.

The preliminary investigation shows that a Ford Excursion traveling southbound was approaching the intersection when the driver attempted to abruptly change lanes and in the process crashed into a Ford Focus and tractor trailer that were stopped in traffic.

The driver of the Excursion was ejected from the vehicle and flown to a local hospital for life threatening injuries.

The front seat passenger was declared dead at the scene.

The juvenile rear passenger was flown to a medical facility for life threatening injuries.

Neither driver or front seat passenger in the Excursion were wearing a seatbelt.

Drivers of the Focus and tractor trailer were not injured.

The Charles Town Police Department thanked community members who stopped to render aid at the crash as well as the Ransom Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

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VSP investigate fatal crash in Fauquier County

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Thursday at 11:19 am at the intersection of Route 29, James Madison Highway, and Route 15 Business, N. James Madison St.

A 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser traveling south attempted a left turn onto Rt. 15 where the driver crossed into the northbound lane and crashed into a 1995 Mack Dump Truck.

Diana Esry, 62, of Remington, died at the scene.

The 20 year old dump truck driver was not injured in the crash.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

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VSP investigates fatal crash in Page County

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Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash in Page County that occurred Wednesday afternoon.

A 2005 Ford F-150 attempted to turn on to US Highway 340 when it collided with a 2014 Mack Truck.

James Mann, 75, of Rileyville, was the driver of the Ford and died from his injuries after being transported to Page Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the Mack truck, an unidentified 54 year old male from Shenandoah County, was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

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VSP investigates fatal crash in Rockingham County

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Rockingham County on Thursday afternoon.

The crash was located along Interstate 81 at exit 245.

A Honda Accord ran into the back of a tractor trailer that had exited and stopped on the ramp.

The driver of the Honda, Selvin Turcios- Romero, 27, of Harrisonburg died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

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