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Shenandoah County Fatal Accident Information
Update: November 28, 2014

 

2014


1st Fatal - 1st Accident
Date: January 1, 2014
Time: 12:30am
Incident: Vehicle into a pond
Location: 1900 block of Fairway Drive

Fatal Victims Name: Patrick V. Johnson, 46, of Bayse, Va (Driver)
Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Caravan
Seat Belts: NO
DUI Related: YES
Speed: N/A
Cause: Johnson was driving north on Fairway Drive when he came upon a sharp curve. The van ran off the right side of the road, went over an embankment and into a pond. The van was completely submerged and not visible from the roadway. He was pronounced dead on scene.

2nd Fatal - 2nd Accident
Date: January 17, 2014
Time: 4:10pm
Incident: O/T Vehicle
Location: Alum Springs Road, half mile north of Crooked Run Road.

Fatal Victims Name: Joyce Elaine Miller, 75, of Edinburg, Va (Driver)
Vehicle: Unknown SUV
Seat Belts: YES
DUI Related: NO
Speed: N/A
Cause: The vehicle she was driving went off the left side of the road, hit a bank, and rolled onto the passenger side. She died at Winchester Medical Center.
 
3rd Fatal - 3rd Accident
Date: January 20, 2014
Time: 6:30am
Incident: Pedestrian Struck
Location: Back Road, 1 Mile North of Fairview Road.
Fatal Victims Name:  Erva Weatherholtz Berchdorf, 87, of Mauretown, Va
Vehicle: 1991 Ford Ranger
Seat Belts: N/A
DUI Related: N/A
Speed: N/A
Cause: Vehicle was traveling northbound when the victim crossed from the west side of Back Road, crossed the southbound lanes and then walked out into the northbound lanes in front of the pickup. Berchdorf died at the scene.

4th Fatal - 4th Accident
Date: August 10, 2014
Time: 10:30am
Incident: Motorcycle Vs RV
Location: Mount Olive Rd (Love's Travel Stops)

Fatal Victims Name: Steven Howard Stout, 56 of Edinburg, Va (M/C Operator)
Vehicle: Motorcycle
Seat Belts: N/A
DUI Related: N/A
Speed: N/A
Cause: State police say 75-year-old Charles Collette, who is from Dayton, was pulling a motor home into this truck stop when he crossed in front of a motorcycle. That motorcycle was driven by 56-year-old Steven Howard Stout of Edinburg. Stout was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital where he died around 11:30 a.m. from his injuries.

2013


1st Fatal - 1st Accident
Date: February 24, 2013
Time: N/A
Incident: Vehicle Vs. Tree
Location: Orkney Grade Road, near Lutz Hollow Road

Fatal Victims Name: Christopher R. Dickson, 34 of Mt. Jackson, Va (Driver)
Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Caravan
Seat Belts: NO
DUI Related: YES
Speed: N/A
Cause: Victim traveling west on Orkney Grade Road when he went into a curve and ran off the road. The vehicle hit a sign, then went in a residence's yard and hit a tree. He died at the scene.

2nd Fatal - 2nd Accident
Date: March 9, 2013
Time: 1:50am
Incident: O/T Auto into Water
Location: Private Driver near Shenandoah River 

Fatal Victims Name: George Hambor, 46 of New Market
, Va (Driver)
Vehicle: 1995 Volkswagen
Seat Belts: N/A
DUI Related: YES
Speed: N/A
Cause: The car plunged into the Shenandoah River and overturned. He died at the scene.

3rd Fatal - 3rd Accident
Date: April 15, 2013
Time: 12:05am
Incident: 2 Vehicle MVA
Location: U.S. 11 just north of Mount Hebron Road 

Fatal Victims Name: Jeanetta Debra Stickley, 59 of Strasburg
, Va (Driver)
Vehicle: 2006 Hyundai Elantra
Seat Belts: N/A
DUI Related: YES (Other Driver)
Speed: N/A
Cause: A 2001 Saturn station wagon was traveling southbound on U.S. 11 when it crossed the center line and hit Stickley's northbound 2006 Hyundai Elantra. SHe died at the scene.

4th & 5th Fatal - 4th Accident
Date: April 4, 2013
Time: 10:20pm
Incident: SIngle Vehicle O/T
Location: Interstate 81 near New Market 

Fatal Victims Name: Steven O. Flack, 63, of Harrisonburg, Va (driver) and James Edward Buracker, 50 of Harrisonburg, Va (Passenger)

Vehicle: 2004 Chevrolet Blazer
Seat Belts: YES
DUI Related: N/A
Speed: N/A
Cause: Flack was headed south on I-81 when it left the road, overcorrected, then went off the right side of the road and overturned down an embankment. Both died at the scene.

2012


1st Fatal - 1st Accident
Date: April 30, 2012 (Date Found)
Time: 11am
Incident: Subject Pinned Under Vehicle
Location: 2494 Dellinger Acres Road, (Camp Strawderman) Edinburg
Fatal Victims Name: Michael Allen Markley, 48 of Edinburg, Va
Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Pickup
Seat Belts: N/A
DUI Related: N/A
Speed: N/A
Cause: He was found pinned under his truck. It appeared he had been pinned under the vehicle for an extended period of time before being found.
 
2nd Fatal - 2nd Accident
Date: May 8, 2012
Time: 12pm
Incident: Head On MVA
Location: US 211 (New Market Gap Road) west of Runaway Lane, New Market
Fatal Victims Name: Amber L. Dove, 24, of Rhoadesville, Va (Driver)
Vehicle: 2008 Kia Spectra
Seat Belts: N/A
DUI Related: N/A
Speed: YES
Cause: Vehicle she was operating crossed the center line and struck a feed truck head on. She died later on at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

3rd Fatal - 3rd Accident
Date: September 24, 2012
Time: 9:45am
Incident: 
Pedestrian Struck
Location: 800 Block of South Main Street, Woodstock
Fatal Victims Name: Elizabeth Loveless, 85 of Woodstock, Va (Pedestrian)
Vehicle: 1997 Hyundai Sonata 
(Striking Vehicle)
Seat Belts: N/A
DUI Related: NO
Speed: N/A
Cause: Loveless was trying to cross the street when she was struck. She was transported to Winchester Medical Center where she died.