Virginia state police news release

Virginia State Police Trooper B. Coleman is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Culpeper County. The crash occurred Sunday, April 18th, at 10:04 p.m. along James Madison Highway just South of Beverly Ford Rd.

A 2011 Subaru Forester entered Route 29 traveling in the wrong direction and collided head-on with a Southbound 2004 Honda Pilot.

The driver of the Subaru, Michael K. Ratzenberger, 32, of Vienna, VA, died at the scene of the crash as a result of his injuries. Ratzenberger was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Honda, Jose B. Hernandez Solis, 50, of Culpeper, VA, died at the scene of the crash as a result of his injuries. Hernandez Solis was wearing a seatbelt.

Three passengers in the Honda, a 5-year-old female, a 19-year-old female, and 47-year-old female suffered serious injuries and were flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for treatment. The 5-year-old was in a proper child restraint. The 19-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt. The 47-year-old was wearing a seatbelt.

A fourth passenger in the Honda, an 8-year-old male, suffered serious injuries and was transported to UVA Medical Center for treatment. The male was wearing a seatbelt.

The crash remains under investigation.

This story was updated with a corrected Virginia State Police news release. 


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