Price faces additional charges in fatal crash

VA State PoliceJohn Wayne Price, 63, of Luray, was arraigned Thursday in Page County General District Court in connection with the crash that left Francis H. Watt dead and Margaret B. Watt seriously injured Sunday afternoon.

Price faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, felony hit and run and aggravated manslaughter.

According to the Virginia State Police Price was driving a 1997 Ford pickup when he struck and killed Francis Watt, 59, of Gordonsville as he rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle on U.S. 211 at the intersection with U.S. 340 in Page County.

Judge W. Dale Houff presided over Thursday’s arraignment.  Price’s Bond hearing was delayed until Aug 14 as a result of defense attorney Bryan Cave request at the arraignment that Price be subject to a competency exam.

The Page County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has requested a review of the results of the competency evaluation at least two weeks before the bond hearing. Prosecutors say they want the opportunity to have the victim’s family present at the hearing.

According to Page County Commonwealth Attorney, further charges are forthcoming in the case.  He noted that all charges now relate to the deceased driver.  These other charges will relate to the passenger, Margaret Watt., 53, also of Gordonsville

Alger said the case is complicated by the fact that in addition to the deceased, there is a second victim, who was critically injured and is “in very serious condition.”

According to police reports, the fatal crash occurred at 4:53 p.m. Sunday when Price, who was westbound on U.S. 211, turned left to head south on U.S. 340 and struck Watt, who was traveling east on U.S. 211.

Mr. Watt was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Virginia State Police. Mrs. Watt was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville with unspecified serious injuries where she currently remains.

The crash remains under investigation.

Price is being held without bond at Page County Jail.