VSP investigates fatal crash in Warren County

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 12:57 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Virginia State Police Trooper A. Pike is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Warren County. Officials say the crash occurred Sunday, June 6, 2021, at 11:50 a.m. on Route 55 (Strasburg Road) at 1/2 of a mile west of Route 678 (Fort Valley Road).

Sergeant Brent Coffey with VSP says a 2006 Ford Focus was traveling east on Rt. 55 when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a westbound 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle.

He adds the driver of the Ford, Charles J. Corathers, 30, of Front Royal, Va., was not injured in the crash. Corathers was wearing a seatbelt.

Coffey tells WHSV that the driver of the Kawasaki, John L. Cunningham, 33, of Strasburg, Va., died at the scene of the crash as a result of his injuries. Cunningham was wearing a helmet.

Sgt. Coffey says Corathers was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, driving on a revoked license, possession with intent to distribute schedule I/II drugs, and possession of paraphernalia. Corathers was transported to the RSW Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

VSP’s Culpeper Division Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and is assisting with the ongoing crash investigation.

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