New: Tractor Driver Charged In Fatal Crash

Posted: July 16, 2014

Police have charged the driver of a tractor involved in fatal crash on Tuesday with failing to yield right of way.

Sgt. Les Tyler of the Virginia State Police said Wednesday that the misdemeanor traffic violation was filed against Wilson Ray Showalter, 18, of Dayton, in connection with the crash that killed Loren Gabriel Showalter, 16, of Dayton.

Tyler did not know the nature of the relationship between the two Showalters.

Loren Showalter was a passenger on the tractor driven by Wilson Showalter when the crash occurred at about 5 p.m. at the intersection of Honey Run Road and West Dry River Road, police say.

Wilson Showalter pulled out from Honey Run Road and struck a 1990 Toyota Celica driving east on West Dry River Road, Tyler said.

The impact overturned the tractor, and Loren Showalter died at the scene.

Police say a second passenger on the tractor, an unnamed 17-year-old Dayton boy, was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville with non-life-threatening injuries.

Mary Martin, 18, of Dayton, the driver of the Celica, was not injured.

A 17-year-old Weyers Cave girl in Martin’s car was taken to Sentara RMH Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. She and Martin were the only two people in the Celica.

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