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Teenagers injured in Monday crash

SoVaNow.com / May 20, 2019
Two Halifax teens were airlifted to Duke Hospital after the vehicle they were riding in overcorrected and crashed into a tree May 13. A third teen was sent to Sentara Regional Health but suffered no injuries.

The crash, which occurred on Highway 501 approximately one tenth of a mile south of the intersection with Highway 601, was a single car collision. It took place shortly before 9 p.m. as the three 16-year-olds were driving home. The cause of the crash is unclear, but Virginia State Police have ruled out excessive speed, alcohol, or drugs as factors.

“I believe it was inexperience, no speed, no alcohol,” said Trooper Hollie Buzzetta, who is investigating.

Buzzetta said that she had been informed by the driver’s mother that he had passed out earlier in the day while giving blood in a medical procedure. The trooper explained that the passing out was more likely due to discomfort while giving blood.

“I don’t think that had anything to bear on the accident,” Buzzetta said.

The driver, a male, and one passenger, a female were airlifted to Duke where the driver was found to have a chipped vertebrate and a stress fracture in the tibia of the right leg. The female passenger had an arm injury and a broken leg. The third passenger, a male, did not suffer significant injuries. All three teens have been released and are currently at home.

Witnesses told State Police that the driver had drifted off the edge of the road and then overcorrected. The vehicle, a Toyota Forerunner, sideswiped several trees before spinning and slamming into another tree. It sustained damage to the front, sides, and rear, totaling the vehicle.

Charges are being considered against the driver for failure to maintain control of the vehicle. All of the teens are students at Halifax County High School.

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