augusta free press news

Wrong-way driver dead in Interstate 81 crash in Frederick County

(© monticellllo –

Virginia State Police Trooper J. Myers is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Frederick County that occurred Thursday at 9:54 p.m. on Interstate 81 at the 310.4 mile-marker.

A 2004 Acura TL entered I-81 traveling in the wrong direction and collided head-on with a southbound 2014 Volvo tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer then ran off the left side of the roadway into the median and came to rest. The Acura briefly entered I-81 from the nearby exit ramp.

The driver of the Acura, Manhem Vincente-Candelario, 24, of Winchester, died at the scene of the crash as a result of his injuries. Vincente-Candelario was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Volvo, a 22-year-old male, of Philadelphia, Pa., was uninjured in the crash. The male was wearing a seatbelt.

Alcohol is being considered a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

Virginia State Police was assisted by VDOT, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, and Frederick County Fire and EMS.

augusta free press
augusta free press