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Two hurt, damages exceed $100,000

Two persons were injured, and estimated damages exceeded $100,000 when a pickup truck towing a trailer containing a racecar and a car collided Saturday at 6 p.m. on Highway 58, a quarter of a mile west of the intersection of State Route 751.

Virginia State Trooper K. R. Martin said the driver of the truck, 31-year-old Patrick M. Gumley of Colts Neck, N.J., and a passenger in the vehicle, 30-year-old Pasqual Ramirez, were transported to Halifax Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries they sustained in the crash.

The driver of the car, 18-year-old Austin Owen of Dry Fork, and three passengers in his vehicle escaped injury.

According to Martin, the car driven by Owen was traveling in the left lane of Highway 58, and the pickup truck driven by Gumley was traveling in the right lane when the trailer containing the racecar being towed by the truck ran off the right side of the road and began swaying back and forth.

Gumley, Martin said, lost control of the pickup truck, and the truck traveled into the left lane and struck the car driven by Owen. 

The trooper said after striking the car, the pickup truck ran off the left side of the road and overturned several times, coming to rest in the median strip of the highway.

Martin estimated damage to the 2008 model Ford F150 pickup truck driven by Gumley at $30,000. He estimated damage to the 28-foot box trailer being towed by the truck at $10,000. The trooper estimated damage to the Porsche Cayman racecar and contents of the trailer at close to $100,000.

Damage to the 2005 model Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Owen was estimated at $2,000.

Martin said the racecar was owned by Ralph Marra, who had competed in the car earlier in the day at VIRginia International Raceway at Alton. He said Marra had won his race and had left VIR earlier in the day, and Gumley and Ramirez were returning to New Jersey with the car.

Gumley was charged with reckless driving.