April 22, 2024

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Virginia State Police (VSP) continue the investigation into a five-vehicle fatal crash in Culpeper County. The crash occurred Wednesday (Oct. 4), at 6:08 p.m. at the intersection of Route 211 (Lee Hwy) and Route 229 (Rixeyville Rd).

VSP spokesman Sergeant Brent Coffey stated in a Friday afternoon press release that a 2007 BWM X3, a 2017 Ford Fusion, a 2022 Toyota 4-Runner, and a 2001 Lexus ES were traveling westbound on Route 211 when they all stopped at a red light. A 2013 Dodge Durango that was also traveling westbound, Coffey said, was unable to stop and collided with the BMW, which set off a chain reaction crash involving all five vehicles.

The driver of the Dodge, Steven A. Rose, 45, of Amissville, VA, suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for treatment. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

A passenger in the Dodge, Andrea T. Bragg, 29, of Amissville, VA, also suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for treatment. She was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the BMW, Diane F. Mederos, 61, of Amissville, VA, died at the scene of the crash due to her injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver on the Ford, Jacob J. Wickline, 23, of Amissville, VA, and a passenger, Cody W. Wickline, 18, of Bealeton, VA, both suffered minor injuries and were transported to Fauquier Health for treatment. Both were wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the Toyota, Heather L. Appleton, 53, of Amissville, VA, was not injured in the crash. She was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Lexus, Charles G. Delvecchio, 58, of Amissville, VA, was not injured in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt.

Coffey said that alcohol and speed are both considered factors in the crash.  Though the investigation into the incident continues, charges are pending upon consultation with the Culpeper County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office.

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