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The crushed front end of the 2009 Kia
SoVaNow.com / April 08, 2021

A 20-year-old South Boston woman died Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash on Sinai Road when her vehicle ran into an open field and struck a tree head-on.

The driver of the 2009 Kia Optima, A'Vae Elise Terry, died at the scene.

The crash happened around 4:13 p.m. Monday as Terry was driving the Kia through a bend of SInai Road across from H&M Logging. Investigating State Trooper J.A. Wilmouth said that the vehicle continued straight into an open field rather than rounding the curve, and barreled into a tree about 150 feet off the road. Terry was not wearing her seat belt.

“It was an open stretch of road so we’re really not sure what happened,” said Wilmouth.

The Kia was traveling an estimated 48-49 mph, he said, well within the speed limit.

The impact of the crash crushed the front end of the vehicle and collapsed the steering column. An autopsy indicated that Terry died of blunt force trauma to the chest. She was not ejected in the crash.

The Kia was a total loss. “The grill was just destroyed,” said Wilmouth.

There were no other occupants of the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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