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Bracey man dies Tuesday after car slams into stationary tractor trailer

SoVaNow.com / August 13, 2014
Justin D. Painter, 31, of Bracey was killed on Tuesday around 11 a.m. when his 2007 Toyota Corolla slammed under the rear end of a rollback wrecker truck on U.S. Route 58 near Big Fork.

A press release by the Virginia State Police said the tractor-trailer, heading eastbound on U.S. 58 less than a mile from Route 1, made a sudden stop in the right travel lane. Two vehicles following behind the truck changed over to the left lane to avoid it, but the third vehicle, driven by Painter, did not stop in time and rear-ended the stationary tractor-trailer.

Painter was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, whose name has not been released by State Police, has been charged with improper stopping in a travel lane.

The crash remains under investigation.

Painter leaves behind a wife, Holly Fadool Painter, owner of the Prissy Hippie Beauty Shop in South Hill, and a daughter, Marley.

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The world lost an amazing man. RIP to my very dear friend and prayers to his family <3

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There aren't enough words to describe the kindness of his heart. He will be greatly missed.

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The world lost a great man with a heart of gold. He never met a stranger and was always happy and smiling. I'm so heart broken for the loss of a friend but even more so for his wife and daughter losing him so young.

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Can't believe you're gone man. You were a great friend and teammate. Prayers go out to your wife, daughter and the whole Painter family. RIP brother, you will be truly missed.


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