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Keysville man killed in Lunenburg crash

SoVaNow.com / November 21, 2012
A Keysville man was killed Friday in a single vehicle crash less than a mile off Route 49 in Lunenburg County.

Virginia State Police Trooper T.L. Branch investigated the fatal crash on Route 675, which was reported around 6:35 p.m. Friday night. According to Branch’s report, a 2004 Ford Explorer failed to make a curve on Route 675. The vehicle, driven by 38-year-old John M. Gee of Keysville, ran off the right side of the road and struck two trees.

Gee, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.

In a separate accident Thursday afternoon, a Toyota owned by Estelle Smith of Clarksville was rear-ended by a tractor trailer driven by Floyd Copeland of Suffolk after she pulled into the rig’s path on U.S. 58 east.

One lane of the highway was closed briefly Thursday afternoon due to the wreckage. Smith, who is from Clarksville, was charged with driving under the influence.

Virginia State Trooper Will Blount said the accident, which took place around 3:45 p.m. Thursday, was caused by Smith, who pulled out onto U.S. 58 from Cow Road into the path of Copeland’s GTL Transport truck.

Blount said Copeland told him he tried to avoid the collision, but a separate car, not involved in the collision, was in the lane next to him also heading east.

“I did not see the truck,” Smith claimed, and added her frustration, “I just got that car on Friday and they tore it up.” The rear bumper was torn from Smith’s car, and the trunk was pushed in toward the rear passenger seat.

The right front covering over the tire on Copeland’s truck also sustained substantial damage. Blount estimated damages to Smith’s car at $12,000 and to Copeland’s truck at $10,000.

Mecklenburg County Rescue Squad was called to the scene, but assisted with directing traffic at the site since both Copeland and Smith said they were uninjured.

The investigation was assisted, according to Blount, by an eyewitness who stopped and provided information to police.

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