By Joe Beck -- email@example.com
A 16-year-old boy died Wednesday night in a two-car crash around 9 p.m. south of Front Royal, Virginia State Police said Thursday.
State police identified the victim as John Wesley Evans V of Front Royal. State police said Evans was traveling northbound in rain on U.S. 522 about two miles south of Va. 55 when he lost control of his 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The car crossed the center line, struck a southbound Suburu Forester, left the roadway and went down an embankment, according to state police.
Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the state police said Evans died at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle, Richard Blane Rasmussen, 55, of Front Royal, was uninjured, according to state police records.
The crash was investigated by trooper R.M. Weiss.
Evans was the son of John Evans, owner of Jack Evans Chevrolet in Front Royal. He was also a student at Skyline High School.
Principal Andrew Keller said Evans's death was the first from an auto fatality since the school opened in 2007.
Keller described the overall mood in the school as "somber."
"He had a lot of close friends and was well-liked by everybody," Keller said of Evans.
Keller recalled Evans as a "car enthusiast" who was taking some classes at Blue Ridge Technical Center.
He said he expected some "organized activities" responding to Evans's death to be announced in a few days.
The accident was the second serious crash involving area teenagers in less than a week.
A Strasburg teenager remains in the University of Virginia Hospital after suffering severe injuries in a single vehicle crash on Mt. Hebron Road Saturday night.