A man is in critical condition and a woman is dead after a fatal single-car crash in Albemarle County. It happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. along Scottsville Road south of Charlottesville.
Authorities say an elderly man was driving the car northbound near Avon Street Extended when he lost control and slammed into a tree. The passenger, 59-year-old Shirley Newton of Dillwyn was killed.
The driver sustained critical injuries and was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center. Police are still investigating what caused the crash, but say speed was not a factor.
Scottsville Road was closed for approximately two hours.
Albemarle County Police Department Press Release
At approximately 2:30 P.M. the Albemarle County Police responded to the 2000 block of Scottsville Road for a reported single vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers found a vehicle that had been traveling north that veered off the road and impacted a tree.
The driver of the vehicle sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition. The passenger of the vehicle, Shirley Newton, 59 years of age, of Dillwyn, Virginia, succumbed to injuries sustained during the crash.
The investigation of this crash is ongoing by the Albemarle County Crash Reconstruction Team. This is the fourth fatality in Albemarle County this year.
Sergeant Darrell R. Byers Public Information Officer
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