Brookhaven residents involved in deadly crash in Virginia
Two Brookhaven residents were involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash in Roanoke County, Virginia, Wednesday morning.
Ralph Carl Bryant, 65, and Joan Dickerson Bryant, 65, were traveling in a 2015 Acura RDX southbound on Interstate 81 around 11:15 a.m., when the speeding vehicle left the roadway, striking the guardrail before also striking a 1999 Ford Explorer which was also traveling south. Both vehicles then ran off the right side of the highway and struck the guardrail, ejecting one of the rear seat passengers from the Ford.
The vehicles then came back into the southbound lanes, at which time the Ford Explorer overturned, ejecting another rear seat passenger. The Acura RDX again left the right side of the roadway striking an embankment, overturning multiple times and came to rest in the tree line.
The Acura was driven by Ralph Carl Bryant. Both Bryants were wearing their seat belts and were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The Ford was driven by Enid Beckwith, 59, of Memphis, Tennessee, and front seat passenger was Annie Beckwith, 63, of Florence, Alabama; both were wearing their seat belts and were transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for injuries.
The rear seat passengers, Emma Beckwith, 61, and Wanda Alexander, 58, both of Florence, were ejected and died at the scene. Both individuals who died were not wearing their seat belts, according to police.
Charges are pending.
Information from WDBJ7, Roanoake County, Virginia
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