Fatal crash

One person was killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Roanoke County on Tuesday afternoon.

A Roanoke man was killed in a four-vehicle crash in Roanoke County on Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened about 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Brambleton Avenue and Garst Mill Road, said Amy Whittaker, a county spokeswoman.

Thomas Orr II, 48, was killed when a Volvo sedan heading south rear-ended Orr’s Toyota, which struck a utility pole, according to police.

The Volvo continued south and struck a Cadillac, pushing it into a pickup truck. The driver of the Volvo had injuries that were not life-threatening, as did the driver of the Cadillac, who has since been released from the hospital.

Speed as well as drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, said police, who received reports of one of the vehicles involved in another crash on Brambleton Avenue.

Maurice Fisher, 63, was driving south on Brambleton from the Family Dollar to his nearby clinic.

Minutes before the crash happened, Fisher said he saw a car pass going 60 to 70 mph, he estimated.

“This white car goes whizzing past me in the wrong lane,” Fisher said. “He was like a bat out of hell.”

Staff writer Andrew Adkins contributed information to this report.

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Henri Gendreau covers crime in Roanoke and the surrounding area.

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