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Man killed in wreck leaves two tiny sons; hoped to be a welder

SoVaNow.com / September 10, 2012
The young Scottsburg man who died as the result of a three-car accident late Wednesday afternoon leaves behind two small sons and a grieving family and fiancé.

Justin B. Farrar, 21, adored their two small boys, Kaleb, age three, and Jayden, not yet one, said fiancée Dolly Meade. He was also especially close to and spent a lot of time with his grandfather, Tommy Morris, she said.

He loved hunting and the outdoors, she said.

Farrar was nearly finished his community college courses in welding, she said, and looked forward to finding a good job in the field. He was driving back from a class near Martinsville – because the class wasn’t offered nearby this semester – when he crashed.

Farrar was buried Sunday in the Morris family cemetery in Scottsburg; arrangements were by Powell Funeral Home.

After the wreck, on Route 57, Farrar was flown by helicopter from Meadville Elementary School to Duke Medical Center, where he later died hours later. Two women were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.

A Virginia State Police report says a Ford Taurus, driven by Niesha Palmer, 22, of Halifax, was stopped on Chatham Road (Route 57) near its intersection with Meadville Road, to make a turn into a private driveway when Farrar, driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, ran into the back of her car. Farrar, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the truck.

A third vehicle, a Hyundai Sonata, driven by Marie Collins of Keeling, 61, swerved to avoid the accident, ran off the road and struck and embankment. Collins was not injured.

Palmer and a passenger in her vehicle, Vikic Palmer, 49, were taken to the hospital for injuries; they were wearing seatbelts.

No charge was placed by Trooper D.T. Spencer. Farrar’s death is the seventh on a Halifax County road this year.

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