I-81

Virginia State Police are investigating a Sunday night two-vehicle fatal crash in the county on Interstate 81 that killed a New Market man, sent a Timberville man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and injured two unnamed juveniles, according to a press release from VSP.

Michael J. Gullatte, 52, of New Market, suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash while traveling in a 2020 Jeep Overland. He was transported to Sentara RMH Medical Center and later died from his injuries, according to VSP.

Two unnamed juvenile passengers were in the Jeep with Gullatte and, like Gullatte, they were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to VSP. One of the juveniles suffered serious injuries in the crash, while the other had minor injuries. Both were transported to Sentara RMH for treatment.

Gullatte and the juvenile passengers were headed north on I-81 Sunday evening when the Jeep went off the left side of the road and into the median, according to VSP. The vehicle traveled in the northbound median/shoulder and collided with a Virginia Department of Transportation sign and embankment after about a mile, according to VSP.

After striking the sign and embankment, the Jeep that Gullatte and the two juvenile passengers were in entered the southbound lanes of I-81, according to VSP. There, at 10:05 p.m., it struck a 2021 Honda Accord that was traveling south, police say. The driver of the Honda was a 29-year-old Timberville man, who suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to University of Virginia Medical Center for treatment, according to VSP. He was wearing a seat belt.

Contact Ian Munro at 574-6278 or imunro@dnronline.com. Follow Ian on Twitter @iamIanMunro

(1) comment

newshound

Traveled a mile along the shoulder or median? Sounds like a possible medical emergency happened or he simply fell asleep. Truly sad.

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