Virginia State Police investigating deadly crash involving top official

Virginia State Police are investigating a three-vehicle fatal crash in Augusta County that happened shortly after 1:00 p.m. yesterday on Route 254 near Kiddsville Road.

A 2018 Hyundai Tuscon was traveling east on Route 254 when it struck the rear bumper of an eastbound 2018 Subaru CrossTrek. Police say the Hyundai crossed the center line and struck head-on a westbound 2003 Toyota Solara.

The driver of the Hyundai, Samuel H. Melton, 52, of Bristol, was transported to UVA Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. He is the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

The driver of the Toyota, Hailey D. Green, 18, of Staunton, died at the scene.

The driver of the Subaru, Jean M. Scheer, 55, of Waynesboro, was not injured in the crash.

All drivers were wearing seat belts.

Further investigation has revealed that Melton may have suffered a medical emergency, which is being investigated as a factor in the crash.

Source: ABC-13 WSET

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