VIRGINIA STATE POLICE BEAT: Teen driver wrecked Jeep to miss deer and killed her passenger; double fatal on US 13 killed parents, left two children as orphans

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE BEAT: Teen driver wrecked Jeep to miss deer and killed her passenger

BEDFORD COUNTY, VA. – The decision of a young driver to swerve to miss a deer standing in the roadway caused her vehicle to overturn after it left the roadway a hit a ditch; and as a result sent her passenger flying to a deadly end, according to Virginia State Police Spokeswoman Corrine Geller.


Virginia State Police Senior Trooper S.M. Krantz is investigating a fatal crash in Bedford County. The crash occurred at 4:20 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018, on Goode Road at the intersection of Goode Station Road.


A 1997 Jeep Wrangler was traveling north on Goode Road when it swerved to the left to avoid striking a deer in the roadway. The Jeep crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the highway. The vehicle then struck a ditch and overturned. It came to rest on its wheels.


Police say that the driver of the Jeep, a 17-year-old Bedford, Va. female, was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She was wearing a seat belt while her unbelted 16-year-old passenger was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Double fatal when the driver of Pontiac pulled out on US 13 in Accomack Va. running a red light and into the path of the tractor-trailer operated by a Florida man. Photo courtesy of Tasley VFC.

Driver blew the red light and caught a tractor-trailer killing him and his wife and leaving two kids in the back seat as orphans


ACCOMACK, VA. Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya reports that on July 16, 2018, at approximately 5:20 p.m., the Virginia State Police was called to investigate a two-vehicle crash that resulted in a double fatality on Route 13/Lankford Highway at Courthouse Road in the town of Accomac in the county of Accomack.


Preliminary investigations reveal, that a 2003 Pontiac Rendezvous was traveling eastbound on Courthouse Road when the driver failed to stop for a red light. The Pontiac ran the light at Accomac Road which crosses over Route 13 and turns into Courthouse Avenue after you cross over Rt 13.  The driver, Juan Enriquez Martinez, pulled out in front of a 2014 Peterbilt tractor-trailer that was southbound in the left lane of Route 13/ Lankford Highway.

The driver of the Peterbilt, Juan Carlos Melgarejo Borrego, of Hialeah Gardens, Florida, struck the Pontiac, killing the driver, Martinez, and the front seat passenger, Christina Martinez Lopez (wife). The two back seat passengers, children of the deceased, both females, suffered serious injuries and were transported to Norfolk Sentara Hospital.


Next of kin have been notified. Both the deceased, Juan E. Martinez, 39 YOA, and Christina Martinez Lopez, 41 YOA, were from the 20200 block of Greenbush Road, Parksley, Virginia.

Tasley VFC reports:

multiple stations responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV at the intersection of Lankford Highway and Courthouse Avenue in Accomac involving multiple patients. Chief 8 (Beall) assumed command and reported two priority one and two priority four patients. Crews from the responding stations worked together using multiple hydraulic tools to extricate the victims. Units and personnel responded from Tasley, Onancock, Parksley, Melfa and Accomack County DPS. Personnel from VDOT rerouted traffic along with VSP units. Fire and EMS units cleared in about 3 hours.

MVC with entrapment near 24226 Merry Branch Road in Tasley. Units arrived to find a passenger vehicle versus farm equipment with one patient entrapped. Onancock VFD photo courtesy.

Farm equipment and car collision sends one patient flying to Norfolk trauma center


TASLEY, VA. – Onancock VFD reports that on July 7, 2018, at 10:38, Stations 8 (Tasley) and 9 (Onancock) were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash with entrapment near 24226 Merry Branch Road in Tasley.

Units arrived to find a passenger vehicle versus farm equipment with one patient entrapped. DPS Sprint 2 (Captain Savona) established Command.

Crews worked together to extricate, treat and transport the patient to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, where he was flown to Sentara Norfolk General by VCU Medical Centers Life EVAC. Virginia State Police handled the investigation.


Shawn Simpson Killed When He hit Horse with his Harley


Shawn Michael Simpson killed when a horse ran out onto the highway in front of his Harley July 3, 2018

NORTHAMPTON – One person was killed late on July 3, 2018, in a two-vehicle accident involving a horse, which occurred in Birdsnest, Northampton County. The accident occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m., on Route 13, northbound, south of Birdsnest Drive.


A 2007 Harley Davidson and a 2005 Hyosung motorcycles were traveling northbound on Route 13, when a loose horse entered the highway, traveling westbound, and was struck by the driver of the 2007 Harley Davidson. The driver, Shawn Michael Simpson, 26 YOA, was killed instantly. The driver of the Hyosung, Constante Nicholas Stephano, attempted to avoid the crash and laid down the bike further down the road. Mr. Stephano was flown to Norfolk Sentara Hospital with serious injuries. The horse died at the scene.


Notification was made to family members, alcohol nor speed was a factor in the accident.


DECEASED: Shawn Michael Simpson, 26 YOA, of the 16000 block of Pungoteague Road, Painter, Virginia.

Shawn Michael Simpson, 26, a resident of Painter, VA, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Birdsnest, VA. A native of Painter, he was the son of Marvin Simpson and Rita Justis Simpson of Painter. He was a drywall installer and finisher and member of CCSC II.

In addition to his loving parents, he is survived by his sister, Stephanie Simpson and her fiancé, Cody Sluder, of Hendersonville, NC; maternal grandmother, Patsy Morris of Red Bank, VA; paternal grandfather, Donald Simpson of Exmore, VA; two uncles, Earl T. Simpson and Elvis T. Justis, both of Exmore; aunt, Wendy Harris of Accomac, VA; and numerous club brothers and sisters. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Woody Justis and paternal grandmother, Irene Padilla.

A celebration of life service will be conducted Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 2:00 PM at Doughty Funeral Home with Reverend Rob Kelly officiating.  Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to SPCA Eastern Shore, Inc., P.O. Box 164, Onley, VA 23418.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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