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South Hill man cited for DUI in fatal wreck

SoVaNow.com / April 29, 2010
A 48 year old La Crosse man was killed instantly Saturday morning shortly after 8 a.m. in a pedestrian accident on Rocky Branch Road. A South Hill man has been charged with driving under the influence in the accident and could face additional charges, police said this week.

Earnie Dale Wilson was killed immediately when he was struck Saturday morning by a 2001 Chevrolet Impala operated by 27 year old Richard Elton Moss of 1413 Plank Road, South Hill. According to Virginia State Police reports, Moss’ vehicle crossed over the two-lane road past the center line and veered off the east-bound lane where Wilson had had been walking. Wilson was walking west along the highway, facing traffic, to a nearby convenience store, said State Trooper Sgt. J.A. Crowder.

Crowder, who assisted the call, said Wilson was struck by the passenger-side fender of Moss’ car, indicating the driver had lost complete control of the vehicle prior to running off the road two-tenths of a mile east of Route 642.

The car left the road to the right, striking several trees before the driver overcorrected, bringing the car back to where it once again went off the left side of the road, hitting a concrete slab.

Wilson was declared dead at the scene and Moss was airlifted to Medical College of Virginia in Richmond for treatment of head and facial injuries, said Sgt. Crowder. His condition was unknown at press time.

Trooper C.A. Stevenson, who headed the investigation, charged Moss with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Blood samples drawn at MCV have been sent off the Virginia Division of Forensic Science, said Sgt. Crowder, and police are awaiting the results before deciding on their next step.

“An ongoing criminal investigation is underway and additional charges could be forthcoming,” said Crowder.

Damages to the Impala, which is owned by Naeirah A. Neville, were placed at $3,000.

Providing assistance at the accident scene were members of the La Crosse Police Department, the La Crosse Volunteer Fire Department, the Southside Rescue Squad, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and other Virginia State Police

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Uncle Earnie will be dearly missed. May you rest in peace.


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