HARRISONBURG — A three-vehicle crash Monday in Page County killed a Harrisonburg man and a longtime educator from Elkton.
Donald E. Pope, 65, of Harrisonburg, died at the scene of the accident as a result of his injuries, according to a press release Wednesday from the Virginia State Police. Pope’s identity was not initially released as authorities worked to contact next of kin.
Jonathan D. Kite, 37, also died at the scene, according to previous Daily News-Record reports. Kite, a former Page County teacher, was the assistant principal at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn.
He taught at Page County Middle School in the mid-2000s and has worked for Loudoun County Public Schools for the last 15 years.
Sgt. Brent Coffey of the Virginia State Police, in a press release, said emergency crews responded at 4:54 p.m Monday to U.S. 211, near the intersection of Bixlers Ferry Road.
Coffey said a 2020 Kia Telluride, driven by Kite, was traveling west on U.S. 211 when it ran off the road to the left, crossed the median and crashed head-on with an eastbound-traveling 2005 Chevy Impala, driven by Pope.
Both Pope and Kite were wearing seat belts.
The impact forced the Kia to strike an eastbound-traveling 1999 GMC Envoy.
The GMC’s driver, a 27-year-old woman from Luray, wasn’t injured.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by VSP’s Division 2 Accident Reconstruction Team.
The crash remains under investigation by Trooper N. Wakeman.