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UPDATE: Speed a factor in deadly Halifax County crash

Speed was a factor in a single-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of an 18-year-old Sutherlin teenager on Christmas Eve.

Ryan Thomas Puryear of Philpott Road, a passenger in the 2002 Dodge Dakota, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 11:40 p.m. crash that occurred on Wolf Trap Road (State Route 716), approximately one-half mile east of State Route 727, according to an accident report filed by Virginia State Trooper A. D. Dishman.

Alfred L. Burkholder III, 18, of South Boston was driving the Dodge pickup when he ran off the left side of the road and overcorrected causing the vehicle to run off the right side of the road where it struck several trees before catching on fire.

Burkholder, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was injured and transported to the hospital by EMS.

Puryear, a back seat passenger who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. 

Another passenger, a 17-year-old male, was not wearing a seatbelt and was injured and transported to the hospital by EMS.

Dishman estimated damage to the Dodge Dakota at $7,500.

No alcohol was involved in the wreck, according to the officer’s report.

A funeral for Ryan Thomas Puryear, a senior at Halifax County High School, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Stewart officiating.

Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.