According to police, a man from Staunton has been charged with driving under the influence after causing a three-car crash. Forty-year-old Grottoes resident Cheryl Lynn Sheaves was seriously injured in the May 23 crash and later died.

Sheaves received air transport to the University of Virginia Medical Center after the wreck which took place shortly before 7:30 a.m. According to Sgt. David Cooper of the Virginia State Police, she died of her injuries the following day.

According to Virginia State Police Sgt. Frank Pyanoe, 21-year-old Jeremy Rasnake was driving his 1988 Ford Bronco north on Route 340 when he apparently dozed off, causing his vehicle to cross the center line and hit the 1998 Ford Thunderbird driven by Sheave head-on. Forty-four-year-old Carl Simmons was driving south in a 1999 Ford Escort. Pyanoe said he swerved off the right side of the road to try and avoid the wreckage, but struck a tree and rear-ended the Thunderbird.

According to a nurse, Rasnake and Simmons both received transport to Augusta Medical Center and were treated and released.

Pyanoe said that police on the scene did not initially know alcohol was a factor, but it was later determined by a state trooper who interviewed Rasnake at the hospital. Pyanoe said Rasnake was charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license, and driving without a seat belt.

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