Virginia State Police are investigating a deadly crash that killed two people south of Bedford on Wednesday evening, June 12th.
According to State Police spokeswoman Deborah Cox, the crash took place around 7:15 p.m. at the intersection of Joppa Mill Road and Route 122.
When the investigating trooper arrived at the scene, they found a Plymouth Breeze was driving east on Joppa Mill Road, and failed to stop at a stop sign. The Plymouth drove into the path of a Chevrolet 1500 pick-up truck going north on Route 122.
The pick-up hit the passenger side of the Plymouth, and then the truck flipped.
The impact sent the Chevy's driver, 75-year-old David R. Howe, of Graham, North Carolina, flying from the truck. He was not wearing a seatbelt, and later died at Lynchburg General Hospital.
EMTs airlifted a passenger in the pick-up truck, 71-year-old Pearl M. Howe, of Graham, N.C., to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was wearing her seatbelt, and suffered serious injuries.
EMTs took a passenger in the Plymouth, 22-year-old Elizabeth M. Wilson, of Pillager, Minnesota, to Bedford Memorial Hospital. She was wearing a seatbelt, but died from her injuries.
The driver of the Plymouth, 20-year-old Mariah K. Skalka, of Bedford, was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and is expected to recover. She was wearing a seatbelt.
State Police charged Skalka with reckless driving.
The State Police accident reconstruction team is helping with the investigation.
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