- Last Updated on 09:52 AM 01/15/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
A 20-year-old South Boston woman is reportedly in good condition at Duke University Medical Center after jumping from a pickup truck on Wilson Road in Virgilina Sunday evening, a hospital spokesperson said Monday.
According to Halifax County Sheriff’s Investigator Jeff M. Burton, Sara Ratliff and her boyfriend, Adam Wilkins, of South Boston were involved in an alleged domestic dispute after coming back from a horse ride Sunday around 7:30 p.m.
Wilkins was driving to Comer Trail and was on Wilson Road when Ratliff allegedly told him she wanted to get out of the truck, Burton said.
The investigator said Wilkins told him he stopped the truck, but Ratliff changed her mind and didn’t get out.
However, as he started back up, Ratliff then jumped out of the moving vehicle that was traveling an estimated 35 mph.
Burton said the large pickup truck was pulling a horse trailer and had not gotten up significant speed when Ratliff decided to jump from the inside cab.
She suffered no broken bones but did have a severe case of road rash on one side of her body, Burton said.
Duke Life Flight helicopter was called to Virgilina to airlift Ratliff to the hospital after she reportedly was bleeding from her ear.
Burton said the decision was made to send her to Duke as a precautionary measure to ensure she had suffered no head trauma.
No charges were filed in the incident, the authorities said.
Deputy W. G. Yancey was the initial officer on the scene, and Inv. Burton handled the investigation of the incident.