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VSP: Franklin County crash takes life of Wirtz man, injures two others

Chris Graham
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A two-vehicle crash on Route 220 in Franklin County took the life of a Wirtz man on Wednesday.

Robert J. Montgomery, 87, of Wirtz, was killed in the 4:35 p.m. crash, according to Virginia State Police.

Montgomery was pulling out of the Carilion Clinic, crossing the northbound lanes of Route 220, when his vehicle was struck by a 2014 Honda Civic traveling north on Route 220.

Montgomery died at the scene.

A passenger, Carol A. Montgomery, was injured and transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The Honda was driven by Jeremy W. Quarles, 25, of Roanoke. Quarles was also transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for injuries received in the crash.

Speed may have been a factor in the crash. Charges are pending.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham, the king of "fringe media," is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].