A community mourns the loss of two motorcycle crash victims

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A community is rocked after what some call a nightmare of a night.

"I'm still really shaken up," said Betty Custer. "It's a nightmare."

Two deadly motorcycle crashes pierced the heart of the
Timberville and Broadway communities.

"Everybody knows each other. Everybody looks after each other and cares for each other," said Ken Fox. "There's a lot of messages going out there to each other today for the family and we lift each other up in prayer."

Friends of both Tonya Petit, 28, and Jeffrey "Mike" Cash, 54, poured out their love Wednesday on social media.

Petit died on the scene of a crash earlier on Tuesday night. She was a passenger on a motorcycle which lost control and slid into a vehicle near the intersection of War Branch Road and Peake Mountain Road.

Later on Tuesday night, Cash died after a Virginia State Police trooper's cruiser collided into his motorcycle along Route 259 near J. Frank Hillyard Middle School. The trooper was responding to a medical call, according to state police.

All were wearing helmets, according to state police.

Ken Fox, a longtime friend of Cash, said a town without Mike feels empty.

"I knew that if the going got tough, either one of us would be there for the other one. It's just one of those genuine friends you know is going to be there," he said.

The towns will continue to grieve together through the tragedy.

"We'll just stick together and be there for each other," said Fox. "That's what a community and a faith community does."

The exact cause of the crash between the Virginia State trooper's cruiser and Cash's motorcycle has not yet been released.

One of the trooper's neighbors spoke about him and said he is a good man who loves his job and serves in any way he can.