Mark Fanning Killed in Accident at I-81 in Augusta County, VA

November 19, 2022
Victim's Name(s)
Mark Fanning
Type of Accident
Car Accident
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

Where it Happened

I-81, Lexington, Augusta County, VA, USA

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
Augusta Police
Vehicles Involved
Toyota Tacoma, Tractor-trailer
Injuries Sustained

Fatal injuries

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Tractor-trailer merging veered from the road and struck a pickup truck

What Happened

State Police are investigating a crash that killed a man at I-81 in Augusta County, VA on November 19th, 2022. Police say the incident happened around 6:17 a.m. According to investigators, a tractor-trailer headed westbound was attempting to merge onto the I-81 south on ramp before veering from the road for unknown reasons. It traveled through a guardrail into the northbound lanes, colliding with a Toyota Tacoma. 76-year-old Mark Fanning, a passenger in the Toyota, died at the scene. The driver, 58-year-old Cynthia Fanning, was hospitalized with serious injuries. The tractor-trailer driver, 59-year-old Ronald Wenger, was also hospitalized and charged with reckless driving.

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