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Two Halifax County youth killed in Saturday wrecks

A pair of Halifax County youth died in separate wrecks early Saturday morning and later that same day, with speed a factor in both wrecks, according to Virginia State Police.

Joshua Allan Williams, 22, of South Boston died after a single-vehicle wreck at 2:10 a.m. Saturday morning, according to investigating State Trooper R. T. Ridgeway.

Ridgeway said the wreck happened on Route 96, six-tenths of a mile east of Route 862 when a 1995 Toyota Camry driven by Williams ran off the road to the right, with Williams overcorrecting and the vehicle then running off the road to the left and striking an embankment before overturning.

Williams, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the Camry as was a passenger, 22-year-old John Arthur Cole of Virgilina, Ridgeway reported.

Cole was transported by EMS to Duke Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash, the trooper said.

Estimated damages to the Camry were listed at $3,500, with the vehicle declared a total loss, according to Ridgeway’s report.

The crash is still under investigation. 

Speed is also believed to be a factor in another fatal wreck on Saturday that claimed the life of 21-year-old Daniel Keith Anderson of Halifax, according to investigating State Trooper P. W. Leath.

Leath reported the single-vehicle wreck occurred Saturday at 5:10 p.m. on Route 704, six-tenths of a mile south of Route 58, when a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder driven by Anderson ran off the road to the right, with Anderson overcorrecting and the vehicle running off the road to the left before striking an embankment and overturning.

Anderson was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, according to Leath’s report.

That crash also remains under investigation.

Referring to the  “Click It or Ticket” campaign currently under way during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, State Police First Sergeant Jeff Lane emphasized the importance of seat belt usage.

“We take it very seriously, and it’s our No. 1 priority to prevent accidents,” said Lane.

“It’s frustrating when we have fatalities, and it’s always sad for us.”