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Teen driver dies in two-vehicle crash

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.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.


"State police said Evans was traveling northbound in rain on U.S. 522 about two miles south of Va. 55."
Since there are 2 places on US522 that intersect with VA55 (one south in town that goes towards Linden (55E) or the one north in town that goes towards Strasburg (55W)), it would be nice if they would tell us which one they are referring too.

"Principal Andrew Keller said Evans's death was the first from an auto fatality since the school opened in 2007."
Skyline High School is an auto fatality?

To the Evans family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

John Wesley Evans V had two parents, he was also the son of Michelle Bowers Evans.

To the first person who wrote a comment: Principal Keller's comments were well said. Also if the State Police were referring to the Rt 55 North of town, they would have referred to Rt 522 as Commerce Ave or N Royal or whatever it is in town.
Why do people like you have to write ignorant comments at a time like this? It's not even relevant where it happened. Get a life.
And yes, to the 2nd person, the Daily should have mentioned both parents.
So many prayers go out to the entire Evans family at this time!!

Well said carguy!

To first commenter John..for goodness sake is this the time to pick apart the article???how about sorry for your loss or something along those lines. It was however in very poor taste of the NV Daily to not mention the boys mother. It is so tragic when theres any type of a fatality..my prayers and thoughts are with the Evans family both mom and dads side.

John and Michelle Evans are wonderful people. And what a horrific tragedy to have lost a child. My deepest sympathies go out to the Evans and Bowers Families during this most needed time. Johnny, you will be terribly missed and wonderfully remembered. You are embedded in our memories forever.

Some people consider their callous, ignorant comments and editorial 'corrections' more important than the loss suffered by others.

May God comfort this family through this extremely difficult time.

to johns family im so sorry for your lose he was like a brother to me ill pray for yall (:

My thoughts and prayers to the family...but when are people going to realize that 16 is too young to drive?????

This is very sad. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family

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