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Police Investigate Double Fatal Accident Outside Blue Ridge Community College

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va (WVIR) - A man and a woman have died following a car crash outside Blue Ridge Community College on U.S. 11 in Weyers Cave.

According to Virginia State Police, around 8:00 Monday morning a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck veered into the oncoming lane and crashed into a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

The victims have been identified as Geraldine K. Sprouse, 65, of Craigsville and Nicholas R. Broce, 33, of Fort Defiance. Sprouse was the driver of the Silverado, and Broce was driving the Cavalier.

Both drivers were not wearing their seat belts.

Virginia State Police are investigating but do not believe alcohol or speed led to the crash. According to First Sergeant Scott Van Lear, "The reason why the vehicle went into the other travel lane, we have not determined that at this time. It will be a long, detailed investigation to determine the cause of the crash."

Police say autopsies will be performed at the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke.


Virginia State Police Press Statement:

At 7:59 a.m. Monday (April 7, 2014), Virginia State Police Trooper M.C. Brill responded to a two-vehicle crash on Lee Highway/Route 11, near College Lane.

A 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was southbound on Highway 11 when it pulled into the center turn lane. A vehicle ahead was stopped in the turn lane and, according to witnesses, the pickup truck swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid the stopped vehicle. When the Silverado swerved to the left it went into the northbound lane and collided head-on with a northbound 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier.

The driver of the Silverado, Geraldine K. Sprouse, 65, of Craigsville, Va., died at the scene. She was the vehicle’s only occupant and was not wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Cavalier, Nicholas R. Broce, 33, of Fort Defiance, Va., died at the scene. He was the vehicle’s only occupant and was not wearing a seat belt.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Highway 11 was re-opened by 10:20 a.m.

Corinne N. Geller
Public Relations Director
Virginia State Police
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