Virginia State Police investigate fatal crash in Clarke County


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Virginia State Police Senior Trooper R.D. Riggs is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Clarke County. The crash occurred Monday at 8:30 a.m. on Route 340 at Route 658 (White Post Road).

A 2016 Nissan Altima was traveling south on Rt. 340 when it attempted a left turn onto Rt. 658. The Nissan collided with a north bound 1997 Ford Ranger. The Ford then over turned.

The driver of the Nissan, Melissa A. Welsh, 30, of White Post, Va., suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Welsh was not wearing her seat-belt.

A passenger in the Nissan, Walter J. Mott III, 42, of Stephen City, Va., died at the scene as a result of his injuries. Mott was not wearing his seat-belt.

The driver of the Ford, a 25 year old male from White Post, Va., was not injured in the crash. The male was wearing his seat-belt.

Welsh was charged with failure to yield right of way.

The crash remains under investigation.

Virginia State Police was assisted by VDOT and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.


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