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Driver killed when truck hits Amelia tree

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AMELIA COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A 30-year-old man was killed Monday morning in Amelia when his  1997 GMC Sonoma ran off  Route 614 (Dennisville Road) and struck a tree. The crash happened near Route 680 (Maxey Lane).

“The crash occurred when the driver of a 1997 GMC Sonoma lost control of the vehicle and ran off the left side of the roadway striking an embankment. The impact caused the pick-up truck to overturn onto the passenger side and strike a tree,” Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Molnar wrote in an email. “The 30 year-old male driver, who was not wearing his safety belt, died at the scene.”

Police have not yet released the man’s name. Investigators said it appeared speed and weather played a role in the crash.


  • Cindy

    Do not blame the storm on stupid people! It is a shame that a person died, however, he was not wearing his seatbelt and he chose to drive in treacherous weather! Not a good decision!

    • Joe

      Hey Cindy…zip it! You did read that he died, right? Get over yourself for just one moment and have some respect for this man and his family.

    • va

      Really a person died n u make a comment like that set belt or not it could have killed him anyway rip n peace to whoever u r n Cindy u should b a shame to even post that he could have b trying to get to work so know all facts b4 u speak on any thing like that!! Prayers to the fam and friends of this man

  • Janet

    Maybe he didn’t choose to drive in this weather. Lot of businesses are open and employees have to go to work. Maybe he works in a medical facility where there are no snow days. Yes, he should have worn his seat belt….but does the fact that he did not give us permission to dismiss his death as less tragic? Does it give us the permission to judge him?
    God bless his family and other loved ones he leaves behind. I certainly will have them in my prayers this day.

  • charles

    Cindy a third zip it and shut up I knew him Plus I am a vol cf things happen beyond our control I have seen people survive really bad accident because they were not wearing a seat belt and some die because they were so before you open your godforsaken mouth again think about what your repercussions can do

    • MLee Baker

      Agreed. I’ve survived a major head on collision with minor scrapes when the other person almost died. My dad fell asleep at 55 MPH on 460 in Amelia and hit trees, and while he WAS airlifted just ended up with back injury that healed nicely. I was a helicopter crash investigator in the military, the forces placed upon the body are the real unknown factor. You may have no broken bones, but the impact alone and how your internal organs are shifted is wild. The shifting of organs alone in a crash involving the vehicle impacting, twisting, and flipping and the sudden stop be fatal, seatbelt or not. Sometimes having your body restrained causes more damage than not. Prayers for the family. It’s just never a good thing, only God knows when we’re called.

  • laura

    Cindy, this man’s family is likely experiencing the worst tragedy they’ll face with today’s events. How could you possibly pass judgement on his decisions? You have no idea what transpired and for the love of God, the poor man is gone. Are you so callous and insensitive that you could make a comment like that knowing his loved ones may see it. Lady, you have no heart and I hope to God, you never make a mistake or have an accident.

    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

  • Benjamin Tompkins

    Cindy, why on earth would you say something like that?. That may be someones husband or son!!! I bet you feel really bad. What if this was your son?

  • Amelian

    He was my cousin. Thank you to those who have expressed their thoughts and prayers, and for the condolences; I can’t even imagine what the immediate family must be going through. It doesn’t seem real. I can only hope that his family will somehow be able to get through this incredibly hard time.

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