Six indictments stem from 2014 fatal accident

Page News and Courier

LURAY, Nov. 23 ― Among the 11 individuals indicted last Monday by a Page County grand jury is a Luray man accused of involuntary manslaughter while driving intoxicated.

John Wayne Price, 64, faces a total of six indictments, including driving while intoxicated (DWI), reckless driving, hit and run (victim injured) and hit and run (property damage).

The indictments stem from a June 15, 2014 crash at the intersection of routes 340 and 211 in Luray. According to information released by the Virginia State Police after the incident, the crash occurred around 4:35 p.m., when a 1997 Ford pickup traveling westbound on Route 211 turned left to head south on Route 340, and struck a motorcycle.

The 2002 Harley Davidson was operated by Francis H. Watt Jr., 59, of Gordonsville, who died at the scene. A passenger on the motorcycle, Margaret B. Watt, then 53, was flown to the U.Va. Medical Center in Charlottesville in critical condition.

Price additionally is accused of causing bodily injury to another while driving intoxicated that “resulted in permanent and significant physical impairment” of the victim.

According to court records, Price fled the scene and was arrested at his home shortly after the crash. He is being held without bond and was scheduled to return to court on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

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