Charlottesville Breaking News
The death toll on Albemarle roads continues, with two more people dead, adding up to five fatalities in less than a week, none of them wearing seatbelts.
Scottsville Road was the scene of the latest carnage. Around 10pm November 16, southbound Amy Ouypron, 24, went off the road in her 2006 Nissan Sentra, overcorrected, and swerved into a northbound SUV, according to police.
Ouypron died at the scene at Route 20 and Red Hill Road, and police say alcohol and excessive speed were factors in the crash. The two people in the SUV had non-life-threatening injuries that were treated at UVA Medical Center.
The driver in a November 8 single-vehicle crash on Scottsville Road– Jane McKay, 76, of Palmyra– died November 15 from injuries sustained in the accident, according to a release. Police are still investigating what might have caused her to veer off the road and down an embankment around 6:50pm that Monday.
Neither McKay nor Ouypron were wearing seatbelts, say police, nor were any of the other victims of the past week.
Larry L. Taylor, 59, of Louisa, died in an accident November 11 on I-64. Samuel A. Wells, 25, has been charged with reckless driving in that crash.
And Jessica Marie Lewis, the driver of the November 10 accident that kill...
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Two separate crashes have claimed three lives in Albemarle County since Thursday night, and two others are in serious condition. According to police, none of the victims were wearing seatbelts.
A Kia Optima burst into flames on Half Mile Branch Road in Crozet at 7:50pm November 10, an incident that appears to be the result of alcohol and excessive speed, say police. The car driven by Jessica Lewis, 36, of Crimora, struck a large tree south of King Family Vineyards, according to Sergeant Darrell Byers with Albemarle police.
Lewis was partially ejected from the car. Passengers Amber Leigh Johnson, 20, a graduate of Western Albemarle High School, and Michael Wayne Johnson, 40, of Crozet, were not in the car when it caught fire.
"I don't know how they got out," says Byers. They were flown to UVA Medical Center, where both died of their injuries. Lewis remains in serious condition and has been charged with driving under the influence. Additional charges may be pending.
Speed may have been a factor in the collision on eastbound Interstate 64 at exit 120 Friday at 10:25am. A 1997 Honda Civic and a 1985 Ford Ranger collided in the far left lane, causing the pickup to roll over at least three times, according to the Virgina State Police.
Larry L. Taylor, 59, of Louisa, the driver of the truck, was partially ejected and died at the scene. His cousin, D.J. Taylor, a passenger, was completely ejected from the truck and taken to UVA Medical Center wit...
In the end, it all came down to the Western 29 Bypass, at least in the Rivanna District, where incumbent Ken Boyd handily held onto his seat on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors for a third term, in what was– with at least $150,000 in money raised– one of the most expensive races yet.
And it wasn't even close. Boyd got 57 percent of the vote, while his Democratic opponent, Cynthia Neff, only mustered up 43 percent.
"My team was stunned by the margin," says Neff. "We thought it would be closer."
Boyd was surprised too. "It's always been narrower margins in the past," says Boyd, who doesn't see his reelection as necessarily a referendum on the Bypass. "I like to think there were other issues involved," says Boyd. "I concentrated on jobs, keeping taxes low, and fiscal responsibility."
"It's obvious it's about the Bypass," counters Neff. "It makes me a bit crazy. You won't find anyone going: 'this is a great road, it's the right road.' But it's a road."
She sees a perception among voters that projects are studied for years but don't get built in Charlottesville and Albemarle, and lists the Meadowcreek Parkway and water plan as examples. "No one's saying the Bypass is a great road, but it's funded, let's build it," Neff interprets the populace as thinking.
"The Bypass was the biggest issue in thi...