NEW: Involuntary Manslaughter Case Delayed

Competency Remains A Question

Posted: March 18, 2014

Daily News-Record

The case against a Harrisonburg man who police say crashed his truck head-on into a car last winter, killing the driver, was delayed again today due to competency issues.

Paul Michael Allebaugh, 64, was indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury in March on one felony count of involuntary manslaughter.

Allebaugh was later found incompetent to stand trial.

During a hearing in Rockingham County Circuit Court today, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Clark Ritchie said the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board is working with Allebaugh to try to make him capable of standing trial.

“I was notified by letters that the CSB is still determining whether he can be rehabilitated,” Ritchie told Judge Bruce Albertson.

The crash happened around 9 a.m. March 5 near the intersection of Old Sawmill Road and North Valley Pike, or U.S. 11, just north of Lacey Spring.

Police said Allebaugh was driving a commercial truck hauling sawdust 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.

Nelson died as a result of the crash

Allebaugh was driving under the influence, police say.

He is free on bond from the Rockingham County Jail.

Albertson scheduled Allebaugh to appear in court on June 6 for a competency review hearing.

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