Local teen killed in crash

A New Market teenager died in a three-vehicle crash near Mount Jackson at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer with the Virginia State Police, identified the victim as John Lee Howdyshell, 17.

Tyler said that Howdyshell failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Orkney Grade and South Middle Road.

“He was traveling northbound on Va 614 (South Middle Road) when he came up onto the intersection and failed to stop at the stop sign,” Tyler said of Howdyshell. “As he entered the intersection, he was struck on the passenger side by a westbound 2007 Chrysler van. The van was being operated by a Marshall R. Howser, age 59, from Basye, Virginia.”

Howser was transporting three children. Tyler said all three were properly secured in child seats and were uninjured. Howser was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

Howdyshell’s 1986 Toyota pickup truck continued through the intersection after Howser’s vehicle struck it, Tyler said.

“After the impact, the Toyota pickup continued into the intersection and struck a 2016 Nissan four-door that was sitting at the opposite side of the intersection at a stop sign,” Tyler said. “That was being operated by a Jason M. Ritenour, age 41, from Fort Valley.”

Ritenour was treated by rescue personnel at the scene but did not require hospitalization.

Following the impact with the Nissan, Howdyshell’s vehicle overturned, and he was ejected. He died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained from the crash, Tyler said.

The crash was investigated by Trooper D.A. Mauck, who was assisted by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department and the Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Units.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com.