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Two Southside Virginia motorists killed in separate auto crashes

SoVaNow.com / July 17, 2017
Two Southside Virginia residents died in automobile crashes this week.

On July 11, around 10:12 p.m., Trooper J.T. McGhee was called to a fatal crash in Lunenburg County.

A 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling westbound on Route 40 west of Route 681 when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The SUV ran off the right side of the road, struck multiple mailboxes then overturned, ejecting the driver. The SUV struck a fence before coming to rest. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

The driver – John H. Taylor, 59, of Keysville – was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

Around noon on July 13, Trooper R.P. Martin was called to a fatal crash in Mecklenburg County.

A 1993 Ford Taurus was traveling southbound on Route 701 south of Middleschool Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and ran off the right side of the road, striking a tree. The driver – Ronald H. Gooch, 75, of Skipwith – was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no passengers in the vehicle. Speed is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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