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SoBo Woman Escapes Serious Injury In Single-Vehicle Crash

A 20-year-old South Boston woman narrowly missed being impaled by a fence railing that crashed through the windshield of the car she was driving Tuesday afternoon, according to state police.

Trooper D. J. Cline said Penelope L. Hamlett was injured when the 1999 Ford Taurus she was driving ran off the right side of the road, striking a fence. The car then struck a post and then struck a tree, Cline said. One of the fence railings broke off and crashed through the driver’s side of the windshield before the car struck the tree.

EMS personnel transported Hamlett to the hospital, the trooper said.

The accident occurred at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday on VA 360, two-tenths of a mile from Route 671.

Trooper Cline estimated damage to the Taurus at $1,500, and he charged Hamlett with reckless driving.

A high-speed chase ended when a 45-year-old Scottsburg man lost control of his car, state police said.

Trooper Cline reported he was chasing a 1988 Nissan 300 driven by Richard N. Puckett at high speed when the Nissan ran off the right side of the road. Puckett lost control, the car ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree, Cline said. The Scottsburg man was apprehended shortly after he fled on foot.

The trooper said Puckett was slightly injured but did not require transport to the hospital.

The incident occurred at 7:42 a.m. on Route 713.

Trooper Cline declared the Nissan a total loss, and he charged Puckett with reckless driving and felony eluding police.

A South Boston man escaped injury in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in South Boston, according to town police.

Sgt. R. D. Edmonds reported 49-year-old Oral R. Lloyd was not injured when the 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck he was driving hydroplaned because of standing water on the street. The truck ran off the left side of the street, struck a highway sign, went down an embankment and struck some trees.

The accident occurred at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday on Hamilton Boulevard, one-tenth of a mile east of Younger Avenue.

Sgt. Edmonds estimated damage to the pickup at $3,500. No charges were filed against Lloyd.

A Duke University Medical Center spokesperson said 49-year-old David M. Owen was in fair condition as of press time Thursday.

Owen suffered multiple injuries in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon when the 1994 Jeep Cherokee he was driving failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right shoulder, struck two sections of a wooden fence and then struck a tree, according to the report filed by State Trooper S. M. Krantz.

The trooper said Owen was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash that occurred at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Route 743, one and one-tenth of a mile north of Route 744.

Owen was airlifted to the Duke Medical Center.