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25-year-old woman dies in Franklin County crash


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – A 25-year-old woman died in a crash in Franklin County, according to Virginia State Police.

Authorities said the accident happened Friday just before 7:30 a.m. on Morewood Road near Chestnut Creek.

Melissa Leonard, of Moneta, was driving her Toyota Camry west on Morewood Road at a high rate of speed when she lost control, ran off the right side of the road and hit a fence, police said.

Leonard was wearing her seatbelt and died at the scene, according to State Police.

Authorities said there was a man who was in the car as a passenger who was not hurt in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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