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Three fatalities in as many days in neighboring counties

Police investigating fatal crash in Franklin County

Virginia State Police are investigating a single vehicle crash, which resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred Thursday, (Nov 18) at 12:35 a.m. on Virgil H Goode Highway, one tenth of a mile north of Doe Run Road.

A 2003 GMC Sonoma was traveling north on Route 220, when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and struck the guardrail.

The driver of the GMC was identified as Cleo Ray Sloan, 71, of Rocky Mount, Va. Mr. Sloan was wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

Virginia State Police are also investigating a single vehicle crash, which resulted in a second fatality in Franklin County. The crash occurred Wednesday, (Nov 17) at 7:27 p.m. on Sontag Road, one mile west of Mount Carmel Road in Franklin County.

A 2002 Ford Taurus was traveling east on Sontag Road, when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, crossed the roadway, and struck several trees.

The driver of the Ford was identified as Devin Xzavier Brandon, 19, of Rocky Mount, Va. Mr. Brandon was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

Virginia State Police is investigating a single vehicle crash, which resulted in a thrid fatality. The crash occurred Thursday, (Nov 18) at 5:01 p.m. on Blue Ridge Drive, two tenths of a mile south of Spring Road in Pittsylvania County.

A 2006 Dodge Caravan was traveling north on Blue Ridge Drive, when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.

The driver of the Dodge was identified as Patricia Ann Bowman, 80, Gretna, Va. Ms. Bowman was not wearing her seatbelt and died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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