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Weather is factor in crashes

SoVaNow.com / February 03, 2014
State Police reported ten crashes last week, mostly minor infractions. Poor weather conditions were blamed in many of the incidents.

Early Monday a 2007 Ford FreeStar operated by Jeremy A. Hutcherson, 33, of South Boston ran off the right side of the roadway, first striking a highway sign and then a house belonging to Clyde Holt. The crash took place at 12:45 a.m. at the intersection of State Route 716 and 806.

The Ford sustained $5,000 in damages and inflicted another $20,000 in damages to the house. Damages to the VDOT sign were estimated at $500.

The driver reportedly fled the scene before officers arrived.

Trooper A. D. Sargent investigated the crash, and charges are still pending.

On Wednesday, William D. Spainhour of South Boston was charged with reckless driving and going too fast for highway conditions after a wreck that took place at 10 a.m. on State Route 742, about two-tenths mile south of its intersection with US Route 58. Sgt. J. A. Smith was the investigating trooper.

Spainhour’s 2008 Pontiac Gran Prix crossed the center line in a curve and struck a 1998 Chevrolet CK 1500 operated by Paul M. Anderson, 67, of South Boston.

Anderson suffered minor injuries but did not require transportation to the hospital for treatment. Damages to the Pontiac were estimated at $8,000 while those to the Chevrolet were set at $4,000.

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