6-year-old girl killed in Bedford County crash Thursday evening

Charges are pending

By Samantha Smith - Digital Content Producer


A six-year-old girl is dead after a crash in Bedford County Thursday evening, according to Virginia State Police. 

Authorities say the crash happened Thursday at 5:40 p.m. on Hendricks Store Road, just south of Timberwood Lane in Bedford County.

A 2016 Honda CRV was going south on Hendricks Store Road when it crossed the center line and hit a 2004 Jeep Liberty head-on, according to police.

Ashley Holdren, 34, was driving the Honda and was wearing her seatbelt. She was reportedly taken to the hospital for injuries received in the crash. 

Police say two girls, one six-year-old and one 8-year-old were in the car and taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for their injuries. The six-year-old later died from her injuries. 

The driver of the Jeep, 60-year-old Cheryl Lynne Smith-Clifton, was wearing her seat belt and was taken to the hospital for her injuries received in the crash, according to police.

Authorities say charges are pending and that the crash remains under investigation.    


Two minors were flown to a hospital and several others suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash in Bedford County, according to Virginia State Police. 

The two-vehicle crash happened around 5:40 p.m. on Hendricks Store Road, according to police. 

Troopers have cleared the scene and are reportedly en route to the hospital to learn more information. 

Virginia State Police is investigating the crash.  

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