Grottoes man killed in Friday morning crash along Port Republic Road

The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. on Friday.
The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. on Friday.(WHSV)
Published: Jan. 25, 2019 at 7:12 AM EST
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UPDATE (3:40 p.m.):

A McGaheysville man has been charged with reckless driving after a crash early Friday morning that left a man from Grottoes dead.

According to Virginia State Police, 35-year-old Ronald Sink, of McGaheysville, was driving east on Port Republic Road (Rt. 253) around 4:30 a.m. Friday morning when he crossed the center line near Lawyer Road.

Family members tell WHSV Sink's correct first name is Ronnie.

Police say Sink's 2010 Dodge Ram pickup struck a westbound 2001 Ford F-150 pickup head-on right near the intersection of Port Republic Road and New Haven Road.

The driver of the F-150, identified as 59-year-old Jesus Aguirre, of Grottoes, was pronounced dead at the scene when first responders arrived. State Police say he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was partially ejected.

Sink suffered minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation. Police say alcohol was not a factor. They were assisted in responding to the crash by the Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department, Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, VDOT, and Division 2’s Accident Reconstruction Team.


Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash in Rockingham County.

The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. Friday morning on Port Republic Road between Lawyer Road and New Haven Road.

According to police, one driver died at the scene. The other driver involved was uninjured.

As of noon on Friday, next of kin had not been notified, so names were not yet released.

A portion of Port Republic Road just past the intersection of Lawyer Road was closed until about 8 a.m. as investigators reconstructed the crash.

The Grottoes Fire Department, Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, ambulances, and Virginia State Police responded. Deputies directed traffic until the arrival of VDOT to close the road shortly before 6 a.m.

We will continue to update this story as details are released.

UPDATE: Police say a 59-year-old Grottoes man was killed early this morning when a pickup truck crossed the center line and struck him head-on.

Posted by WHSV - TV 3 on Friday, January 25, 2019

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