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Drowning death ruled accidental in James River car crash in Lynchburg

Car went down 7th Street, straight into river

Video credit: Chris Faraldi


William Colvin, 56, who died after a crash in the James River in Lynchburg, died from drowning, according to medical examiner Dr. Gayle Suzuki.

Colvin's death has been ruled an accident.


One person is dead and another is in critical condition as a result of a single-vehicle crash in the James River on Thursday morning.

Around 11:30 a.m., authorities responded to the crash scene in the James River at the bottom of 7th Street.

Crews pulled a male driver, a female passenger and a male passenger from the car.

The driver was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. Police identified him at William Colvin, 56, of Beachwood, New Jersey.

The female passenger was also taken to Lynchburg General with significant injuries and is still in critical condition.

The male passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, according to Lynchburg police.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Officer M. Bauserman at 434-455-6047.


Two people are being treated for significant injuries after a car ended up in the James River on Thursday morning.

The car was driven down 7th Street, across the railroad tracks and straight into the river, according to officials.

Credit: Melissa Sutphin

The 911 call came in at 11:32 a.m. for the crash.

Officials say three people were in the car. While two had to be taken to a hospital, the third person suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Stay with 10 News as we learn more information about this breaking news story.

Video from the 5th Street Bridge was shot by Chris Faraldi

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