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Two killed as car veers out of control / January 09, 2019

Two men died Monday morning after their car was struck by an out-of-control vehicle on U.S. 58 near Lawrenceville Plank Road in Brunswick County.

The crash closed U.S. 58 east near Brunswick High School in Lawrenceville for several hours, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Despite rumors to the contrary, no students were involved in the crash.

A Virginia State Police spokesperson said 38-year-old Elizabeth Estrada Garcia of Lawrenceville was traveling westbound on U.S. 58 when she lost control of her vehicle, a 2003 Ford Explorer. The Explorer ran off the road and across the median into oncoming eastbound traffic. Garcia’s SUV then struck several vehicles head-on, including a 1998 Pontiac GM, a 2010 Volkswagen Routan and a 2017 Nissan Sentra.

The impact caused the Pontiac to burst into flames, killing the driver, Santee Jarrell Sr., 78 of Lawrenceville. His passenger, Thomas Leroy Jarrell, 75, of Emporia was transported to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill but later died from injuries suffered in the accident.

The unnamed driver and passenger in the Volkswagen Routan both suffered minor injuries and were transported from the scene. The unnamed driver of the Nissan Sentra was uninjured.

Garcia suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to State Police. She was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain proper control, giving a false police report to a law enforcement officer and operating a motor vehicle with no operators license. She was taken to Meherrin River Regional Jail where she is being held without bond.

The crash remain under investigation and additional charges could be forthcoming.

Virginia State Police were assisted by members of the Lawrenceville and Dolphin volunteer fire departments.

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