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Wise man’s death is fourth SW Va. traffic fatality in two weeks

January 3rd, 2014 9:09 pm by Wes Bunch

Wise man’s death is fourth SW Va. traffic fatality in two weeks

WISE — A Southwest Virginia man was killed New Year’s Eve after his car ran off the road, overturned and struck a tree.

Virginia State Police identified the motorist as John R. Hall, 35, of Wise.

Hall was the fourth person in the region to die in a car accident in the last two weeks.

According to the VSP, the accident occurred around 3 p.m. Tuesday on Dotson Creek Road, less than a mile east of where it meets Birchfield Road.

Authorities said Hall had just come through a turn while traveling westbound on Dotson Creek Road when the crash occurred.

The 1985 Chevrolet Camaro reportedly ran off the right side of the road, which caused Hall to overcorrect and drive the car back onto the roadway. The Camaro then reportedly drove off the left side of the road  before going over an embankment, overturning and striking a tree.

Emergency crews transported Hall to Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, where he reportedly died later that afternoon. Hall had been wearing a seat belt.

The accident is currently under investigation by state police, VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

Geller said Hall’s accident was the second fatal wreck that occurred in Southwest Virginia on New Year’s Eve, and one of four that has occurred in a four-county area since Dec. 21.

VSP troopers are investigating a two-vehicle collision that occurred New Year’s Eve morning on a section of Route 460 located nearly 1.3 miles east of route 604.

Rush D. Altizer, 79, of Grundy, was killed when his eastbound 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse crossed the centerline and struck a tractor-trailer traveling westbound head-on. Altizer, who was wearing a seat belt in the crash, was pronounced dead at Buchanan Regional Hospital.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured in the collision.

On Dec. 29, state troopers were also called in to investigate a fatal two-vehicle crash near Scott County’s Hiltons community that killed a Tennessee woman.

Robin H. McAmis, 57, of Church Hill, died when her 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix lost control and slid into an oncoming Chevrolet Uplander. The accident occurred around 10:15 p.m. at the 3400 block of Bristol Highway.

The driver of the Uplander was identified as Thomas G. Dooley, 57, of Hiltons. Dooley, his wife Cathy Dooley, 53, and his grandson, Thomas Dooley, 3, were all transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.

Geller said Dooley was unable to avoid striking McAmis’ eastbound Pontiac as it slid into his vehicle. McAmis was pronounced dead at the scene.

In addition to those accidents, a Keokee man was killed Dec. 21 in a single-vehicle accident in Lee County when he backed his car over an embankment.

Rondle L. Shepherd, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which was near the intersection of Routes 742 and 606. He was not wearing a seat belt, Geller said.

Shepherd was reportedly trying to back down a private driveway when he missed a turn and drove over a steep embankment. The car overturned down the embankment before coming to rest on Route 742.

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