City Man Charged With Manslaughter

Criminal Case Grows Out Of Fatal Crash

Posted: March 27, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A Harrisonburg man who police say crashed his pickup head-on into a car earlier this month, killing the driver, is now facing involuntary manslaughter charges.

Police arrested Paul Michael Allebaugh, 64, on Monday after a Rockingham County grand jury indicted him March 18 on one felony count of involuntary manslaughter. He is being held in Rockingham County Jail without bond.

The crash happened around 9 a.m. March 5 near the intersection of Old Sawmill Road and North Valley Pike, just north of Lacey Spring. U.S. 11 is known as North Valley Pike in that area of Rockingham County.

According to the Virginia State Police, Allebaugh was driving a 1997 Ford pickup truck north on North Valley Pike, when he ran off the road to the right. Police say he then overcorrected and swerved into the southbound lane, hitting a 1993 Oldsmobile passenger car driven by Violet Marie Nelson, 78, of New Market.

Police say Allebaugh was driving under the influence.

Nelson died as a result of the crash, police said.

Allebaugh was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where he was treated and released.

The crash came just a few days short of five years after Nelson was critically injured in a wreck about a mile away.

On March 1, 2008, police say, Nelson drove her 1989 Ford Tempo into a ditch off U.S. 11, near its intersection with Mauzy Athlone Road. She recovered after being flown to U.Va. with life-threatening injuries.

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