Virginia Fatal Car Accident Kills Three



A fatal single car accident occurred in Powhatan County, Virginia last evening around 8:30 p.m. on route 60.

The driver of the 2002 Lexus, Jerry Middleton, 53, veered off the road and hit a tree.  He was taken by med-flight to VCU hospital with serious injuries.  The other victims were Joan V. Middleton, 62, and Shirley M. Smothers, 73, and a third unidentified passenger.

Jerry and Joan were wearing seatbelts, but the rear seat passengers were not.  One of them was ejected from the vehicle.  All three were pronounced dead on the scene.

The State Police say that charges are pending against the driver, but have not released specific details.

The Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the scene.

Details such as the speed of the vehicle, or if alcohol was involved, have not been released.

Joan Middleton, although wearing her seatbelt, was at the epicenter of the crash.  If the rear seat passengers had been wearing theirs, the outcome may have had different results.

Statistics show that seat belt usage prevents serious injury in 50% of grievous collisions.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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