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Man dies in crash outside Virgilina

SoVaNow.com / December 09, 2013




A 23-year-old South Boston man died Saturday night at the scene of a single vehicle accident on State Route 96 near Virgilina.

Justin Whitaker, the operator of a 1994 Ford Ranger, was driving westbound on Route 96 about one-half mile east of its intersection with US Route 501 when the crash took place around 11 p.m. According to reports, the pickup truck veered onto the right shoulder of the roadway, then overcorrected and ran off the left side of the highway, striking several trees.

According to investigating Virginia State Trooper Leo Pambid, Whitaker was not wearing a seat belt when the crash happened. He was tossed from the driver’s seat onto the passenger side of the vehicle, which was found wrapped around a tree when rescue personnel arrived. It took hours to extricate the wreckage, which was extensive, said Pambid.

Pambid said he believes speed may have been a factor in the accident, and speculated that Whitaker may have been trying to avoid striking a deer when he ran off the roadway.

The Ford Ranger was declared a total loss. Whitaker’s body has been sent to Richmond for an autopsy.

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May God rest this very young man's soul.

Too young, too early for this young man to die. My prayers go to his family and friends.

Young people need to slow down, and wear a safety belt.

I have a young child, soon to become a driver. Please accept my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Justin Whitaker.


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