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PVHS senior dies in three-car crash

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SoVaNow.com / September 06, 2017


Friends and classmates are mourning the death of Park View senior Briana Bugg, who was killed Saturday afternoon in a wreck in northeastern Halifax County, N.C. The North Carolina driver who is being blamed for the collision has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

The 17-year-old South Hill girl succumbed to injuries suffered in a three-vehicle wreck at approximately 12:30 p.m. near Hollister, N.C. She was a passenger in a Ford Edge with her family as her father was driving south on Highway 43, headed towards Greensville, N.C. for an East Carolina-James Madison University football game. Briana’s older sister is a student at JMU.

According to police reports, Glenn Ryland, 45, of Hollister was heading north on Highway 43 traveling about 65 mph in a 55 mph zone when his Toyota Solara veered left of center and collided with the Ford Edge driven by Briana’s father, Glenn Bugg. The impact pushed Bugg’s vehicle into a third car, a Chevy Suburban driven by Krystal Hamledge of La Crosse. Both Glenn and Briana Bugg suffered serious head injuries in the crash. Mr. Bugg was hospitalized at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C. after he and his daughter were originally transported to UNC Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Briana Bugg was a member of the Park View volleyball and softball teams, the Dragon Band, president of the PVHS Beta Club, and active in her church youth group.

Park View Principal Wesley Swain said guidance counselors from schools throughout the division as well as several local pastors were at the school on Tuesday for students in need of grief counseling. She added that “the students were coming together as part of the Dragon family to honor Briana.”

They decorated her locker and parking space and asked fellow classmates, faculty and administrators to wear the colors blue or purple in Briana’s memory — as those were her favorite colors.

Trooper Scott Richardson of North Carolina State Highway Patrol, who investigated the crash, said both Ryland’s vehicle, which came to rest in the northbound travel lane of Highway 43, and Bugg’s vehicle, which came to rest in the southbound shoulder, had extensive front-end damage. Hamledge’s vehicle, which also stopped in the southbound shoulder, sustained damage on the passenger side.

Hamledge and the four passengers in her vehicle were uninjured in the crash.

Ryland was also taken to Vidant Medical Center, where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

Richardson said Ryland has been charged with driving while intoxicated, driving left of center, and driving with a revoked license. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

Speed and impairment were contributing factors to the wreck, according to Richardson.

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