Luray couple dies in Memorial Day crash

Page News and Courier

LURAY, May 25 — A Luray couple was killed Monday afternoon after their vehicle was struck by a state trooper’s cruiser.

The crash occurred around 1:17 p.m., Monday, May 25, at the intersection of Route 211 and Wallace Avenue.

“A Virginia State Police trooper was traveling west on Route 211 when a vehicle traveling eastbound passed him at an excessive rate of speed,” according to a news release issued Tuesday morning by state police. “The trooper activated his lights and sirens and made a U-turn in an attempt to catch up with the vehicle and initiate a traffic stop.”

As the trooper, M.R. Leeds, 25, proceeded east on Route 211, he struck a 1965 Buick as it pulled out from Wallace Avenue to cross over Route 211.

“Despite his efforts, the trooper was unable to avoid the Buick,” said Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler in the news release.

The driver of the Buick, Thomas R. Ramey, 64, and his wife, Barbara V. Ramey, 64, of Luray, both died at the scene.

Leeds was transported to Page Memorial Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Virginia State Police is investigating the crash.

A total of nine fatalities from eight accidents were reported statewide during the Memorial Day weekend. The fatal accident in Luray was the only double fatality reported.

Eight individuals were killed on Virgnia’s highways last Memorial Day weekend (2014), nine in 2013 and 11 in 2012.

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