FRONT ROYAL – Another pedestrian died when a vehicle struck her Thursday night while she crossed a street known in town for such incidents.

The Front Royal Police Department responded shortly before 10:30 p.m. to South Street near Acton Street for a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle, according to information provided by Capt. Crystal Cline on Friday afternoon.

Police reported that a 2019 Buick sedan driven Herman Melvin Vohs Jr., 75, of Front Royal, traveling west on South Street struck Ethel Elaine Blackwell as she crossed the four-lane road, according to a department news release. The preliminary investigation indicates Blackwell was in the crosswalk at the intersection of Acton Street when the vehicle struck her, according to the police information.

There is no traffic signal at the intersection of Acton and South streets. The nearest signals are at South Street and South Commerce Avenue and at South Royal Avenue and South Street. There are crosswalks at several intersections along South Street.

Police had not charged the driver of the vehicle as of Friday afternoon.

Cline would not release additional information Friday pending further investigation. The department will forward all information collected to the Warren County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

The incident comes less than a week after at least two other incidents of vehicles hitting pedestrians in Front Royal. This fatal incident also occurred only a few days after Town Council received an update on Front Royal’s efforts to make its streets safer for pedestrians through crosswalks and signs.

A dozen pedestrian-related incidents involving vehicles occurred in each of the last two years, according to information provided by Town Manager Joseph Waltz to Town Council on Monday.

The department asks that anyone with information related to the incident contact traffic enforcement officer J. Noland at 540-635-2111 or

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