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Road conditions contribute to spate of wrecks

SoVaNow.com / January 27, 2014
Several drivers were cited for reckless driving and failure to maintain proper control of their vehicles as poor driving conditions contributed to a spate of local crashes.

On Wednesday, at 8:10 p.m., 21 year old Gonzalo Palacio of South Boston was not injured when the 2001 GMC Sierra 2500HD he was operating veered off the right side of State Route 706, about a mile and three-tenths west of its intersection with State Route 704.

The driver brought the vehicle back onto the roadway before going off the left side of the roadway, striking several trees and overturning, according to reports from Virginia State Police.

Palacio was wearing his seat belt.

Virginia State Trooper P.W. Leath charged Palacio with reckless driving. Damages to the vehicle were estimated at $7,000.

Later on Wednesday at 9:37 p.m., Trooper D. T. Spencer charged 27 year old Nicole M. Harris of Randolph with reckless driving-failure to maintain proper control of the 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix she was driving. The Pontiac veered off the right side of State Route 729 about two miles north of its intersection with Route 360, striking a tree.

Harris was not injured, but damages to the car were set at $2,500.

On Thursday, at 9:45 a.m., 18 year old Stephanie L. Cruz of Clover was injured and transported for treatment after the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt she was operating swerved to the right to avoid an approaching vehicle. Cruz lost control of her car and it went off the road, hit an embankment and overcorrected. Coming back on the roadway, the vehicle spun off to the right, striking another embankment.

The crash occurred on Dryburg Road, about eight-tenths mile east of its intersection with U.S. Route 360.

Investigating Virginia State Trooper L. V. Pambid placed no charges in the accident, which inflicted estimated damages of $5,000 to the Chevrolet. Cruz was wearing a seat belt.

On Thursday at 8:49 p.m., Trooper Spencer charged 33 year old Michele L. Holland of South Boston with driving under the influence after the 2001 Hyundai Sonota she was operating ran off the left side of State Route 658, a mile north of its intersection with Mercy Seat Road.

The vehicle struck several trees.

Holland was wearing her seat belt and was not injured.

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