Staunton police investigating fatal crash on Richmond Ave.

Staunton police investigating fatal crash on Richmond Ave.
Scene of a fatal crash on Richmond Avenue in Staunton. Photo courtesy WHSV (Source: WHSV)

STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) - Staunton police say one man is dead and another has serious injuries after a crash on Richmond Avenue Tuesday, July 28.

The Staunton Police Department says officers responded to the 400 block of Richmond Ave. around 10:45 p.m. for a crash involving a 2016 Toyota Camry and a 2007 Honda Element.

Investigators believe the Toyota was going “at a high rate of speed” when it crossed the center line, and crashed head-on into the Honda.

The driver of the Toyota, 19-year-old Nathan E. Langgle of Craigsville, died later that night. The Honda driver, 21-year-old Dean A. Smith of Harrisonburg, was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center.

The Staunton Police Department says the investigation is ongoing.

07/29/2020 Release from the Staunton Police Department:

On July 28, 2020 at approximately 10:45 pm the Staunton Police Department responded to the 400-blk of Richmond Avenue for the report of a traffic crash involving a 2016 Toyota Camry, driven by Nathan E. Langgle, 19, of Craigsville, VA and a 2007 Honda Element, driven by Dean A. Smith, 21, of Harrisonburg, VA .

Langgle was pronounced deceased at approximately 11:25 pm. Smith was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center with serious injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Langgle was driving westbound on Richmond Ave at a high rate of speed when he crossed the center line, striking Smith’s vehicle head-on in the eastbound lanes. No additional injuries were reported, and neither vehicle contained any passengers.

The investigation into the crash continues.

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