Accidents keep South Boston police jumping


Thursday was not a good day for drivers in the Town of South Boston.

According to South Boston Police Captain B. K. Lovelace, four wrecks occurred within about an eight-hour period of time, one involving a hit and run and another involving two parked cars.

A two-vehicle wreck occurred shortly after noon Thursday at the intersection of Edmunds Street and Wilborn Avenue.

According to an accident report filed by investigating Police Sgt. F. M. Edmunds, 38-year-old Elizabeth Williams of Scottsburg was driving a 2000 Toyota Celica traveling west on Edmunds Street when she failed to stop for a flashing red light and struck a 2009 Ford sedan driven by 49-year-old Thomas Terry of Halifax.

Terry was headed north on Wilborn Avenue and had the right-of-way at a flashing yellow light, the report stated.

Edmunds charged Williams with failure to yield the right of way.

Damage to Williams’ Toyota was listed at $2,500, and damage to Terry’s Ford was estimated at $3,000.

Capt. Lovelace urged drivers to use caution when traveling through the work zone areas in town where traffic lights are flashing.

About 30 minutes earlier Thursday, Officer a. E. Whitmore investigated a wreck that occurred on Vaughan Street, 400 feet from Riley Avenue.

Christina Deleon of South Boston was driving a 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse traveling west on Vaughan Street when she ran into the back of a 1984 BMW parked on Vaughan Street belonging to Harvey Johnson of South Boston.

The impact of the crash knocked the BMW into a 2001 Chevrolet Ventura, also parked on Vaughan Street and belonging to Johnson.

Whitmore charged Deleon with driver inattention.

He estimated damages to Johnson’s BMW at $2,000, $800 to Johnson’s Chevrolet and $3,000 to Deleon’s Mitsubishi.

A little over an hour later, another driver was charged with driver inattention following a wreck that occurred on Broad Street at the intersection of first Street.

According to an accident report filed by Officer Whitmore, 50-year-old Sharon Cassel of Ringgold was driving a 2006 Suzuki traveling north in the right lane when she changed lanes and struck a 2003 Honda Civic driven by 29-year-old Kelly Lewis of South Boston who was headed north traveling in the left lane.

Whitmore charged Cassel with driver inattention.

Damage to the Suzuki was estimated at $1,200, and damage to the Honda was estimated at $800, according to the report.

Later Thursday night, a hit and run accident resulted in $1,000 damage to a 1997 Ford F-150 operated by Thomas Plitt of South Boston.

According to a report filed by Officer T. M. Carrington, Plitt was traveling through the intersection of Webster Street and Washington Avenue when an unknown vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign before crossing over to Washington Avenue.

Plitt’s Ford struck the unknown vehicle in the passenger side causing significant damage, according to the report.

After being struck, the unknown vehicle failed to stop.

Anyone with information concerning this hit and run incident is asked to contact the South Boston Police Department at 575-4273.

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Accidents keep South Boston police jumping

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