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Two vehicles were totaled on Old Cluster Springs Road when a Mazda driven by Shelia Strange Womack collided with a Nisssan Ultima driven by Phil Herman Hailey. The accident occurred late Thursday afternoon.
SoVaNow.com / June 09, 2014
A Saturday afternoon crash on U.S. 360 near Runt’s Store left two drivers and a passenger with serious injuries, with one of the wreck victims requiring airlift evacuation to a regional medical center for treatment.

One other passenger suffered minor injuries in the mishap.

According to State Police reports, Tiyonna D. Younger of Stratford, Conn.. was driving a 2011 Honda Sonada east on 360 when she attempted to pull across the westbound lane to enter State Route 716. Her vehicle was struck by a 2010 Pontiac Gran Prix operated by 19 year old Kendall T. Powell of Halifax, who was driving west bound on 360.

Both drivers and two passengers in Younger’s car were injured in the collision. All were wearing seatbelts and air bags in both vehicles deployed in the wreck.

Stanisha Younger, a 24 year old female passenger in Tiyonna D. Younger’s vehicle, suffered only minor injuries. A 19 year old female, Zjhane Younger, was seriously injured. Both drivers also were seriously injured.

It was not known at press time which of the three seriously injured persons was airlifted for treatment.

Investigating Trooper J.R. Abbott charged Younger with failure to yield the right of way.

He estimated damages to the Honda at $8,500 while damages to the Pontiac were set at $6,500. The Honda also struck a highway sign, valued at $50.

Late Thursday afternoon, two vehicles were totaled on Old Cluster Springs Road when they collided. One driver was hospitalized for her injuries.

Shelia Strange Womack, 43, of South Boston was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain control of the 2010 Mazda she was operating, about two miles north of the intersection of Old Cluster Springs Road and Link Puryear Road.

The Mazda veered off the right side of the roadway and when the driver over corrected, the vehicle struck the passenger side of the 2009 Nissan Ultima driven by Phil Herman Haley, 64, of South Boston.

Womack’s Mazda then went off the road again, striking several trees, according to a report filed by investigating Virginia State Trooper B. L. Crews.

Womack was transported to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. A passenger in the Haley vehicle, Debra Haley, suffered minor injuries but was not transported for treatment.

On Tuesday, at 12:20 a.m. Thomas Belgium Leigh, 42, of Halifax was charged by Trooper D. H. Hess with driving under the influence after the 1993 Buick Park Avenue he was operating ran off the left side of State Route 671, about one mile north of its intersection with State Route 360. The car hit a ditch and overturned. Leigh suffered minor injuries and was transported for treatment.

On Saturday, May 31 Earl Junior Barksdale of Nathalie was injured when the 1996 Chevrolet he was driving ran off the right side of State Route 360 about two miles west of its intersection with State Route 698. The car struck a highway sign before hitting a tree.

Trooper D. W. Lacks charged Barksdale with driving under the influence. The Chevrolet suffered $2,000 in damages in the 1 a.m. accident.

On Friday, May 30, at 5:45 p.m. on US Route 58 about five miles east of its intersection with State Route 857, the 1995 Freightliner driven by Ronald Lynn Lacks, 51, of Randolph struck the rear of the 1999 Pontiac Sunfire operated by Danieta Arlene Campbell, 45, of Virgilina.

The truck, which suffered $10.000 in damages, went off to the right and struck a Dominion Virginia Power pole before overturning.

Damages to Campbell’s Pontiac were estimated at $500 while those to the Dominion pole were set at $1,000.

Trooper Lacks charged the truck driver with following too closely.

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