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Crashes heavy during winter storm
SoVaNow.com / February 20, 2014Reports of crashes during the wintry days of last week show that on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 4:20 p.m., some three hours after snow began sticking on the local highways, the 1996 International tractor trailer operated by 43 year old Thomas D. Hite jackknifed on US 501 about 100 feet north of its intersection with State Route 621.
The trailer slid into the cab, inflicting about $5,000 in damages to the truck which then veered off the roadway to the left.
No one was injured and investigating Virginia State Police Sgt. J. A. Smith placed no charges in the accident.
On Saturday, Feb. 15 at 12:14 a.m. Amber S. Grant, 23, of South Boston was charged by Trooper L. V. Pambid with reckless driving, failure to maintain proper control of the 2001 Subaru Legacy wagon she was operating on Traynham Grove Road, about one mile south of its intersection with State Route 658.
Grant lost control of the vehicle which went off the right side of the roadway, striking an embankment and overturning.
Grant suffered minor injuries as did a passenger in the vehicle, 24 year old Rico R. Lipscomb. Neither was transported for treatment while 23 year old Kayla S. Norwood was injured and transported for treatment. All three were wearing seat belts.
Later on Saturday afternoon at 3:10 p.m. Trooper B. L. Crews charged 57 year old Tina M. Lea of Ringgold with failure to yield the right-of-way when the 2001 Ford Windstar wagon she was operating pulled from Hackberry Road onto US 58, striking the 2001 Ford Taurus driven by 27 year old Ashly L. Clayton of Nathalie. Neither driver was injured, but damages to the Windstar were estimated at $1,500 while those to the Taurus were set at $3,000.
Shortly thereafter on Saturday at 3:23 p.m. 33 year old Elizabeth S. Bomar of South Boston was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain proper control of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee she was operating. The Jeep ran off the right side of State Route 607, about one mile north of its intersection with US 360, striking two mail boxes, a telephone junction pole and a utility pole.
Damages to the Jeep were estimated by investigating Trooper P. W. Leath at $10,000 while those to each of the two mailboxes were set at $100 each, $1,000 to the telephone junction pole and $800 to the utility pole.
Bomar was not injured.
Trooper B. L. Crews placed no charges in the 6:10 single vehicle accident which occurred on Saturday evening on US Route 360, about one-tenth mile east of Plywood Trail.
Russell E. White Jr. of South Boston, the operator of a 1998 Toyota Forerunner, lost control on an icy spot and ran off the right side of the roadway, overturning and striking a parked utility trailer belonging to Paul Mabe.
White, who was wearing a seat belt, was injured and transported for treatment. Crews estimated damages to the Toyota at $3,500 and another $1,000 to the parked utility trailer. 522
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