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Scottsburg man dies after Wednesday wreck

A 21-year-old Scottsburg man died Wednesday night from injuries he sustained in a three-vehicle wreck that occurred at 4:03 p.m. that day on Highway 57 (Chatham Road), one mile east of State Route 672.

Justin B. Farrar was airlifted to Duke Medical Center shortly after the accident where he died at 10:18 p.m., according to an accident report filed by investigating State Trooper D. T. Spencer.

Farrar was taken from the accident scene to Meadville Elementary School where Life Flight landed Wednesday afternoon.

The accident occurred when 22-year-old Niesha Palmer of Halifax had stopped the 2008 Ford Taurus she was driving to make a left turn into a private driveway, and Farrar, who was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, failed to stop and struck Palmer’s Ford in the rear.

The Silverado then overturned ejecting Farrar, who was not wearing a seat belt, and the truck landed on top of him, according to the accident report.

In an attempt to avoid the accident, a 2007 Hyundai Sonata driven by 61-year-old Marie Collins of Keeling ran off the right side of the road and struck a bank.

Palmer and a passenger in her vehicle, 49-year-old Vikic Palmer, were both wearing seat belts and suffered minor injuries. The pair was transported to Halifax Regional Hospital where they were treated for their injuries, Spencer said.

Collins, the third driver, was not injured in the wreck.

No charges were filed.

Damage to the Ford was estimated at $4,500, damage to the Chevrolet was estimated at $8,500, and damage to the Hyundai was estimated at $250.

Farrar’s death marked the seventh fatality on county roads this year.