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Police: Car rolls down hill, snaps pole in half

A 52-year-old South Boston resident was charged with driving a vehicle with unsafe equipment and defective equipment following a single-vehicle wreck that occurred shortly before 11 a.m. Friday at 741 North Main Street in Halifax. 

According to Halifax Police Officer W. R. Wilmoth Jr., Deborah Womack was parking her 1999 Mazda Millenia in a driveway. When she went to put it in park, it rolled down the hill striking a pole next to the driveway.  Also in the vehicle were three children. Womack and the children were not injured. 

“Everyone was checked and released on scene,” said Wilmoth. 

When asked about the cause of the wreck, Halifax Police Chief Kevin Lands said the driver said the car’s stick shift did not function properly and would move from park to drive without holding the button or the brake. 

Traffic was briefly stopped at the scene for safety precautions as the car was being pulled off the pole onto the wrecker because the officers did not know if the pole would fall. It did not. 

The pole, used by Century Link and Dominion Power, was cracked and had to be replaced. 

Wilmoth estimated damage to the Mazda at $3,500. 

A 21-year-old South Boston resident was charged with failure to yield the right of way following a two-vehicle wreck that occurred at 2:23 p.m. Wednesday on Watkins Avenue at its intersection with Webster Street in South Boston.

According to an accident report filed by South Boston Police Cpl. S. L. Song, Venson O. Williams was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer traveling north on Watkins Avenue, and 56-year-old Paula M. McClean of South Boston was driving a 2008 Ford Focus traveling south on Watkins Avenue.

Williams attempted to make a left turn onto Webster Street and struck McClean on the driver’s side. 

Song estimated damage to the Focus at $2,000 and damage to the Explorer at $2,500.