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Two killed in separate car crashes / March 05, 2014
Separate traffic crashes this week claimed the lives of two women who were well-known for their work in the South Hill and Bracey communities.

Patricia Anne “Pat” Soler, 63, a U.S. Postal Service clerk with the Bracey Post Office, died Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash near her home in Skippers in Greensville County.

Also Monday, Sara Singleton, 35, of Warfield died in a weather-related crash shortly after noon on Buckley Road in Brunswick County. Singleton was employed as a waitress at Kahill’s Restaurant in South Hill.

The noon crash involved a single vehicle, driven by 31-year-old April Nicole Singleton of Brunswick. She suffered non-life threatening injuries in the mishap. Sara Singleton died at the scene.

The loss of both women stunned friends and co-workers in the community.

“We all knew something had to be wrong,” said Bracey Postmaster Patricia Schwenk, referring to the fatal crash that took Soler’s life. “She hardly ever took any time off. Once a year she’d go on a cruise, but that was it.”

Schwenk said she and USPS co-workers learned of the crash after receiving a call from Virginia State Police: “We were all in shock.”

According to the report by State Trooper E. Drummond, Soler was heading north-bound on Little Low Ground Road (Route 622) near Lifesey Road (Route 629) when her 2009 Mini Cooper spun out of control and struck a tree. She suffered serious injuries and was transported to Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, where she succumbed from her injuries.

Soler was not wearing her safety belt. Drummond said weather was not a factor. The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.

“She was a very dedicated postal worker, who was just as dedicated to her family, including her 90-year-old mother, son and two granddaughters,” said Schwenk. “She was a military veteran, and came from a long line of postal workers” — two sisters and a brother-in-law were all retirees of the Postal Service.

Schwenk said one of her customers would bring flowers to Soler every week because “we have to remember our veterans. Soler would bring them home to share with her mother.”

In the second of Monday’s fatal crashes, Singleton died after being a passenger in a 1997 Ford Expedition driven by April Nicole Singleton. According to State Police reports, the vehicle ran off the road, struck a tree and came to rest down an embankment.

The Expedition was headed north on Buckley Road, south of Liberty Road in Brunswick County, when April Singleton lost control of the vehicle. The accident took place shortly after noon, as a winter mix of ice and snow swept through the region.

April Singleton was charged with reckless driving in the mishap.

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