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Danville man dies in crash at Pittsylvania County business

Crash happened at Milam's Equipment Sales in Sutherlin

SUTHERLIN, Va. – A 61-year-old Danville man is dead after a crash in the driveway of a Southside business, according to state police.

The crash happened at Milam's Equipment Sales in Sutherlin, which is near the intersection of Ringgold Depot Road and South Boston Highway.

State police have identified the man as Charlie Coleman, of Danville. They say he was not wearing his seat belt and died at the scene.

According to Ringgold Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Neal, the was driving a red Ford Ranger pickup truck west on Route 58 when he crossed the median, eventually hitting a brick column near the construction company.

Milam's Equipment Sale employee Paul Demott was in the parking lot of the business when the crash happened.

"Just parked a bulldozer and got on the golf cart and was getting ready to go back. I was sitting right here," Demott said, gesturing to the mangled Ford Ranger.

"In the corner of my eye, I saw a red truck airborne coming over the top of the curb. He immediately, no breaks or anything, went right into the (brick column) here."

Virginia State Police are investigating the crash.

"As soon as it happened," Demott said, "a guy pulled in in a white truck. (He) said he is an anesthesiologist. He opened the door (of the Ford Ranger) up and grabbed the guy's arm, told me (the victim) didn't have a pulse. He said the guy was dead."

The crash happened just before 3 p.m. 


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