Wise County crash leaves 73-year-old dead, another driver hospitalized

It happened Sunday evening on Route 23 northbound


WISE COUNTY, Va. – Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash in Wise County that left a 73-year-old dead.

According to State troopers, the crash occurred on Sunday, March 24 at 8:20 p.m. on Route 23 northbound.

Recommended Videos

Authorities told 10 News that 73-year-old Marlene L. Gilliam, of Wise, was heading north in a 2015 Lincoln MKC in the southbound lanes and then crossed the center line before hitting a 2023 Kia Sorento head-on.

Gilliam later died at an area hospital. The driver of the Kia Sorento, Amy L. Ruff, 51, of Coeburn, Virginia, was taken to an area hospital for the treatment of serious injuries, Virginia State Police said. No word yet on her current condition.

The crash remains under investigation.

About the Author

Jazmine Otey joined the 10 News team in February 2021.

Recommended Videos