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Teen passenger dies in Old Cox Road crash

SoVaNow.com / May 05, 2021
A Victoria teenager was killed early Wednesday, April 28, when the vehicle he was riding in ran off the road and crashed into an embankment.

The accident occurred around 12:49 p.m. on Old Cox Road two miles east of Route 47, according to Virginia State Police.

The 14-year-old passenger, from Victoria, died at the scene after being ejected from the vehicle. State Police say he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. A teenage driver and several other passengers suffered injuries ranging from serious to minor. VSP did not identify the minors involved, including the deceased teen.

Trooper R. Duffer, who responded to the scene, said it appeared that the 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling east on Route 660 when the driver lost control. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road three times before striking an embankment and overturning back in the roadway.

The 17-year-old driver from Chase City and a five-year-old passenger were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries. A three-year-old passenger was also transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

A 17-year-old passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

According to Duffer, neither the driver nor any of the passengers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident and the three-year-old was not secured in a child safety seat.

Charges are pending, as the crash remains under investigation.

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