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Driver charged with involuntary manslaughter in crash that killed Bluemont veterinarian

A Stephens City man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter stemming from the fatal Fauquier County crash that killed a well-known Bluemont veterinarian.

Virginia State Police say 21-year-old Wilian A. Mendoza has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving.

The Bluemont resident, Kathryn Morton Krista, 41, died Jan. 5 after a two-car collision near the intersection of St. Louis Road and Route 50 in Fauquier County. Krista was a veterinarian with Piedmont Equine Practice in The Plains.

State police say Mendoza was driving westbound on Route 50 around 5 p.m. when he crossed the center line and struck a 2016 Ford Explorer driven by Krista, who died at the scene.

Mendoza was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango. He was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital.


Two lane roads are often the worst roads to drive on, since you have no margin for error for yourself or others sharing the road.

Awww, you just couldn’t help yourself, could you, Lawman?

Your expectations seem a little high. This paper isn’t exactly the Washington Post.

Would be great to occasionally get some deeper reporting instead of warmed-over press releases from the local police. There are a host of questions unanswered here, like My2Cents says.

I trust that there is more to this story. I don’t see any mention about driving under the influence, for instance.  All kinds of things could cause someone to accidentally cross the center line on these narrow, winding roads…it happened to me recently when I moved to the right to be SURE that I didn’t cross over and I hit something in the road that caused me to veer over.  For me, thank God there wasn’t anybody on the other side.  To think that I could be charged with involuntary manslaughter is frightening…PS I have a perfect driving record.  I’ll wait to hear, as Paul Harvey would say, the REST of the story.

Betcha our bumbling Commonwealth Attorney will go full bore on this one. Look at the Defendant’s last name

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