Highway crashes: 'Economist' bureau chief among two killed
Two people including an internationally renowned magazine writer died in separate incidents on Albemarle roads May 10.
The first of the Thursday accidents occurred around 2:50pm on U.S. 29 South near Covesville when a southbound pickup truck crossed the median and slammed into a northbound tractor-trailer, according to a police release.
Pickup driver Correy O. Morris, 34, of North Garden was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigation, says Albemarle police spokesman Darrell Byers. Morris was not wearing a seatbelt, he adds.
Seven hours later, a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 near the Keswick exit left one man dead and three others injured.
According to Virginia State Police, around 9:30pm a westbound 1995 Lincoln Town Car rear-ended a 2000 Subaru Outback, causing the Subaru to hit the guardrail and roll over onto its roof.
Four people were in the overturned car, and passenger Peter H. David, 60, of Washington, DC, died at the hospital. Afton resident John A. Woodward, 70, was the driver, and he and the other occupants were seriously injured, say State Police.
David was the Washington bureau chief of The Economist magazine, the author of the weekly column on American politics entitled "Lexington."
Lindsey L. Copley, 25, of Richmond, the driver of the Lincoln, was charged with reckless driving. Both he and the people in the Subaru were wearing seatbelts.
Last year, 21 people died on Albemarle County roads, and police say speed, the non-wearing of seatbelts, and alcohol are the most common factors in fatal accidents.
The two new deaths mark the fifth and sixth traffic fatalities in the county.
"It will take more investigation," says police spokesperson Byers, "to figure out the causation factors."
–updated 10:43pm Saturday, May 12 with occupation of Peter David and corrected age; new sub-headline replaces "2 dead in 7 hours in Albemarle." Updated again at 2:49pm on Tuesday the 15th to better clarify the name of the magazine by italicizing it. Also, at this time, a question from the narrator which seemed to point merely to a probable coincidence, was removed.