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Virginia man, N.C. child dead in two separate crashes on Memorial Day weekend

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Separate crashes in Dinwiddie County resulted in two fatalities over Memorial Day weekend. Virginia State Police report that a 77-year-old man and a child are dead following the two crashes.

Two adults and one other child were transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries; and two additional people had serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The first accident on Saturday at 10:32 p.m. left Carl Vernon Shell, 77, of Petersburg dead.

According to VSP, the accident occurred on Dabney Mill Road in Dinwiddie. A Ford F150 driven by Shell was traveling eastbound when he veered off the road to the left and struck a tree. Shell died at the scene due to injuries sustained in the crash. Police report he was not wearing a seatbelt.

The second crash involved two vehicles and occurred on Sunday at 11:04 p.m. on Interstate 85 at the 59-mile marker in Dinwiddie County.

According to VSP, a Toyota Tacoma was struck by a Hyundai Palisade on I-85 causing the Tacoma to spin out and strike a tree. Eliberto Elisael Godinez-Guzmen, 29, of Butner N.C., and his wife, Amelia Micaela Fuentes-Godinez and a child in the Tacoma were transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. A second child in the vehicle died at the scene.

The driver and passenger in the Palisade were transported to the hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Their names have not been released.

This crash remains under investigation.


Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.