U.S. 11 Fatal Crash Case Postponed

Involuntary Manslaughter Trial Held For Competency Review

Posted: March 19, 2014

HARRISONBURG — The case against a Harrisonburg man who police say crashed his truck head-on into a car last winter, killing the driver, was delayed Tuesday due to the ongoing issue over the defendant’s competency to stand trial.

Paul Michael Allebaugh, 64, was indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury in March 2013 on one felony count of involuntary manslaughter.

Allebaugh was later found incompetent to stand trial.

During a hearing in Rockingham County Circuit Court, 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 occurred around 9 a.m. March 5, 2013, 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 driven by Violet Marie Nelson, 78, of New Market.

Nelson died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Allebaugh, who police say was driving under the influence, remains free on bond.

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

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com

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