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UPDATE: Wrecks claim lives of four Halifax County residents

Two Halifax County residents lost their lives in automobile crashes in two different counties Thursday night, and two others died early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle wreck in Appomattox.

Jerrel L. Good, Jahnell L. Hammonds, Jeremy Ryan Hollandsworth and Brittnee Marie Berg died from injuries they sustained in three separate wrecks.

Good, the 48-year-old shop manager at Good’s Lawn and Garden Center and a former pastor and missionary, died from injuries he received in a three-vehicle wreck that occurred Thursday shortly before 6 p.m. on Route 151 in Amherst County.

Good, who served on the Southeastern Conference of Mennonite Churches, was en route to a church meeting at the time of the accident, a family member said.

According to an accident report filed by State Trooper N. E. Hollandsworth, 28-year-old Isaac Bowman of Glade Hill was driving a 1990 Nissan pickup headed in the opposite direction of Good’s 2002 Volkswagen Jetta when the two vehicles struck head-on.

Following the impact, Bowman’s pickup struck a third vehicle, a 2003 Nissan Altima driven by 71-year-old John O’Sullivan of Amherst.

Good was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital, according to the trooper’s report.

Transported to the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville were Good’s two passengers, his 46-year-old wife, Joyce, and a 3-year-old child.

Good’s wife was listed in good condition Sunday afternoon, according to a spokesperson at UVA medical center.

No information was available on the child’s condition.

Bowman and O’Sullivan also were transported to a local hospital.

According to state police, the accident scene was reconstructed and remains under investigation.

No charges have been filed at this time, according to the accident report.

Damage to both Bowman and Good’s vehicles were estimated at $15,000, and damage to O’Sullivan’s Nissan was estimated at $6,000.

A funeral for Good will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church with Nathan Good and Larry Showalter conducting the service.

A private family burial will follow at Ebenezer Mennonite Church cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Grace Baptist Church on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.

Later Thursday night at 8:44 p.m., a 30-year-old South Boston woman was killed in a single-vehicle wreck in Halifax County that occurred on Wilkins Road (State Route 699), seven-tenths of a mile south of Route 58, according to an accident report filed by State Trooper A. D. Dishman.

Jahnell L. Hammonds, 30, of South Boston was pronounced dead at the scene, and her passenger, 34-year-old Lionel C. Best Jr., was airlifted to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the wreck.

The accident occurred when Hammonds, who was driving a 2006 Nissan Maxima, ran off the road to the right, overcorrected and ran off the road to the left overturning and striking a tree, according to the accident report.

Dishman cited speed as a factor in the accident, and neither Hammonds nor Best were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, the report stated.

Dishman estimated damage to the Nissan at $12,500.

Attempts were unsuccessful to obtain information on Best’s condition at press time.

A funeral for Hammonds will be held today at 1 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Stewart officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hamilton-Pounds cemetery.

A single-vehicle wreck in Appomattox in the early hours of Sunday claimed the lives of two Scottsburg residents, Jeremy Ryan Hollandsworth and Brittnee Marie Berg, according to an accident report filed by investigating State Trooper M. E. Croft.

Hollandsworth, 27, was driving a 2005 Buick Rendezvous on U.S. 460 West in Appomattox, just west of State Route 648, when he ran off the road, overcorrected and lost control.

He and a passenger in the car, 22-year-old Brittnee Marie Berg were not wearing seatbelts, according to the report, and both were eejected from the vehicle.

Hollandsworth and Berg were pronounced dead at the scene, the trooper stated in the report.

Neither alcohol nor excessive speed were factors in the accident, according to the trooper.

Funeral arrangements were not available at press time Sunday.

 

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