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New Market man dies from injuries in Sunday I-81 crash

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Virginia State Police Senior Trooper A. Johnson is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Rockingham County that took the life of a New Market man.

The crash occurred Sunday at 10:05 p.m. along Interstate 81 at the 250 mile-marker.

A 2020 Jeep Overland was traveling north on I-81 when it ran off the left side of the roadway into the median. The Jeep continued along the Northbound median/shoulder for approximately a mile when it collided with a VDOT sign and embankment. The collision caused the Jeep to enter the Southbound lanes and collide with a Southbound 2021 Honda Accord.

The driver of the Jeep, Michael J. Gullatte, 52, of New Market, suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and was transported to Sentara RMH Medical Center for treatment. Gullatte later succumbed to his injuries. Gullatte was wearing a seatbelt.

A juvenile passenger in the Jeep suffered serious injuries while a second juvenile passenger suffered minor injuries. The juveniles were transported to Sentara RMH Medical Center for treatment. The juveniles were wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the Honda, a 29-year-old male, of Timberville, suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and was transported to UVA Medical Center for treatment. The male was wearing a seatbelt.

The crash remains under investigation.