PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE :June 26):
Photo of the crash scene sent to WHSV on June 24 | cropped by WHSV to avoid portrayal of vehicles involved
Virginia State Police have identified the second man killed in a fatal three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon near Luray.
According to police, a 2020 Kia Telluride driven by 37-year-old Jonathon Kite - remembered by the community as a great friend and teacher - ran off Route 211 near Bixlers Ferry Road on Monday afternoon, went across the median, and hit an eastbound Chevy Impala head-on, killing both drivers.
Police initially did not identify the second victim while they waited to notify next of kin, but he has now been identified as 65-year-old Donald E. Pope, of Harrisonburg.
Police say both men were wearing seat belts, but died at the scene from their injuries.
Kite's car was knocked into an eastbound 1999 GMC Envoy after the initial head-on crash, but the driver of the GMC, a 27-year-old Luray woman, was uninjured.
The crash remains under investigation.
ORIGINAL STORY (June 25):
Two people were killed in a three-vehicle crash along Route 211 in Page County on Monday afternoon.
According to Virginia State Police, a 2020 Kia Telluride was heading west on Rt. 211 when the vehicle ran off the roadway at 4:54 p.m. just before the intersection with Bixlers Ferry Road. That's just west of Luray.
Police say the Kia ran off the left side of the road, across the median, and hit an eastbound 2005 Chevy Impala head-on. The impact of the crash sent the Kia into an eastbound 1999 GMC Envoy as well.
Police identified the driver of the Kia as Jonathan D. Kite, a 37-year-old Elkton man, who died at the scene as a result of his injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the Chevy was also killed at the scene of the crash. He's only been identified as an adult male until police are able to notify next of kin.
The driver of the GMC was a 27-year-old woman from Luray, and she was uninjured.
Trooper N. Wakeman is investigating the crash, and police were assisted by the Division 2 Accident Reconstruction Team.