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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Police are investigating a fatal wreck on the Campbell County/Bedford County line Friday night as suspicious.
Virginia State Police Sgt. Michael Bailey said all traffic deaths are treated as “suspicious” until the cause of death is proven.
At 9:30 p.m. Friday, Emerson Evans , 25, of Barboursville, was driving a 1997 Honda CR-V west on U.S. 460 when it rear-ended a Ford F-150 truck. Evans died at the scene. The driver of the truck, Michael R. Heflin Jr., 44, of Huddleston, and his wife were taken to Lynchburg General Hospital by ambulance for non-life-threatening injuries.
Bailey said Evans was driving about 50 mph when he crashed into the truck that had slowed down for the DUI checkpoint. Before he crashed, Bailey said, Evans had been driving “recklessly”: he had “grazed” a guardrail several times and had also driven off the side of the road.
“It was a very unusual event,” Bailey said.
Bailey said the crash had “nothing to do with” the checkpoint and there were signs and cones warning drivers to slow down. He said there should have been “no reason” for him not to notice the signs .
Bailey said he did not know what caused Emerson to drive recklessly. He said a medical problem had not been ruled out but was not suspected.
He said it has not been determined if alcohol or other factors led to the crash, but an autopsy report should provide more answers.
The investigation is ongoing, Bailey said.
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