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SoVaNow.com / July 10, 2014
A 17-year-old student who graduated in May from HCHS and planned to continue his studies at Danville Community College died late Tuesday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident on State Route 601 (Buckshoal Road).
Charlie J. “CJ” Phillips Jr. of Virgilina was the lone passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend, Eli Hudson, also of Virgilina, when the accident took place Tuesday afternoon at 5:35 p.m., about one mile east of U.S. Route 58.
According to Virginia State Police, the youths were traveling west in a 2006 Toyota Matrix when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road. The driver overcorrected and the Toyota veered off the left side of the road, striking a tree.
Hudson, also 17, was injured and transported from the accident scene for treament. He was airlifted to a Lynchburg hospital, where he is expected to be released soon.
According to a report filed by State Trooper D.L. Hughes, an investigation into the accident is continuing and charges are pending. Hughes estimated damages to the Toyota at $18,000.
Both Phillips and Hudson are members of the 2014 graduating class of Halifax County High School, and CJ had planned to take classes at Danville Community College in the fall. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and playing softball with his many friends and was described by one former teacher as “a great student, and a funny guy.”
Neighbors said both young men recently helped at with Bible School activities at North Fork Baptist Church, where they joined with others to teach younger children how to make biscuits.
A funeral will be Friday, July 11 at 3 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hitesburg Baptist Church Cemetery.
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