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Another Man Dead After 1-81 Crash in Augusta

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A second person is dead after Thursday night's crash on Interstate 81 in Weyers Cave. State police say Rigoberto Tanco, 40, of Monticello, New York, died Saturday at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

He was a passenger in a Ford Expedition that swerved to avoid another crash. The Expedition's driver, Daniel R. Manso Jr., 51, of Bronx, N.Y.,  died at the scene.

Police believe Samuel J. Russo of Harrisonburg caused the chain reaction accident.  He is charged with reckless driving but more charges are pending. 

 Virginia State Police
Press Release

AUGUSTA CO. – A New York man was killed and two other men were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 Thursday night (April 4, 2013) in Augusta County.

At approximately 10:40 p.m. Thursday, a 1994 Dodge pickup truck traveling north on I-81 ran off the left side of the road and overturned in the median at the 234 mile marker. The driver, Samuel J. Russo Jr., 46, of Harrisonburg, fled the scene on foot before troopers arrived. Further investigation and with the assistance of the City of Harrisonburg Police, Russo was located early Friday morning in the city. Russo is now charged with reckless driving, with additional charges still pending.

Moments after the pickup truck crashed, a northbound Ford Expedition swerved to avoid the pickup causing the driver to lose control. The Expedition spun sideways in the northbound lanes and was struck by a northbound tractor-trailer.

The driver of the Expedition, Daniel R. Manso Jr., 51, of Bronx, N.Y., died at the scene. The passenger, Rigoberto Tanco, 40, of Monticello, N.Y., was transported to UVA Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Tanco succumbed to his injuries at UVA on April 6, 2013.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Geronimo P. Manning, 34, of North Carolina, suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was transported to Augusta Health for treatment. 

At this time, both crashes remain under investigation.

Northbound lanes of I-81 were re-opened by 6:30 a.m. Friday.

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