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A teenager was driving under the influence when his car hit another vehicle, killing a 71-year-old Hinton man, in Rockingham County on Wednesday, according to the Virginia State Police.

According to VSP, Gerald L. Will was driving his 1997 Mercury Villager west on Buttermilk Creek Road when he stopped at a stop sign at 9:25 p.m. As the Mercury turned left onto Va. 42, it collided with a northbound 2008 BMW 328I.

The BMW was traveling at a high rate of speed, police said.

Will suffered life-threatening injuries due to the crash, and was taken to Sentara RMH Medical Center, where he died. He was wearing a seat belt, police said.

A passenger in the Mercury, Jean E. Will, 78, of Hinton, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center for treatment, police said. She was wearing a seat belt.

The BMW driver, a 17-year-old male from Harrisonburg, had minor injuries and was taken to Sentara RMH Medical Center. He was wearing a seat belt, police said. Police did not release his name.

A passenger in the BMW, a 17-year-old Rockingham County male, had minor injuries and was taken to Sentara RMH Medical Center. Police said he was wearing a seat belt.

The driver was charged with driving under the influence, police said.

VSP continues to investigate the crash.

Contact Kellen Stepler at 574-6279 or kstepler@dnronline.com | Follow Kellen on Twitter at @KellenStepler

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apparently the van pulled out of Buttermilk into the path of the BMW. This a blind curve when you pull out of Buttermilk and I knew somebody would crash there. Had the BMW been traveling the speed limit the van would have had time to see it coming. I saw the mess on the pavement the next day and knew something happened there. Traveling 81 there are always cars going way over the limit. Cars today like the BMW don't care about fuel mileage. They are designed to go 180 MPH.


This criminal killed an innocent person and severely injured another...why would you not release the name? What was the driver under the influence of?


They need to release the driver's name. I don't care if he or she is 17.

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