A deadly accident overnight in Henry County was caused by a driver who was fleeing police and driving the wrong way on Route 220.

The driver of the truck who was fleeing, and the driver of another car on Route 220, died in the accident.  The pick-up truck driver was fleeing law enforcement and driving north on Route 220 South. He has not been identified by state police.

The driver of the Dodge Caliber, 28-year-old Jennifer Thomasson, of Ridgeway, died at the scene. She was wearing a seat belt.

The wreck happened around 10 p.m. Thursday near Ridgeway on Route 220 South, just south of Route 87. The original chase began in Rockingham County, N.C.

A Rockingham County deputy noticed the black Ford F-150 pick-up truck speeding Thursday night, according to the sheriff’s office. The officer tried to stop the truck driver, but the driver did not stop. The deputy stopped chasing the truck when the chase crossed into Virginia.

A short time later, the deputy spotted the truck driver again and began a pursuit. This time the deputy pursued the driver across the state line.

“Due to the fleeing driver’s blatant disregard for public safety, approval was given for Deputy Richardson to continue the pursuit into Virginia,” the news release states.

According to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy pursued the driver on Route 220 North, even though the driver was driving in the wrong direction on Route 220 South.

While eluding law enforcement, the truck driver struck Thomasson's Dodge Caliber head-on.

“Sheriff Sam Page and his team at the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office asks that you join us in keeping the loved ones of those who lost their lives in this horrific crash in your thoughts and prayers,” a news release from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office stated.


Two people are dead after a fiery, head-on accident on Route 220 in Henry County on Thursday night.

The drivers of both cars involved in the accident were killed at the scene, according to Virginia State Police. One of the cars caught on fire.

The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, just north of the North Carolina state line.



State Police confirm the wrecked cars are cleared from the road and the highway is back open.


State police say a traffic crash is closing all lanes of Route 220 on the Virginia side of the state line in Henry County Thursday night.

Troopers would only tell us it was a head-on collision and at least one of the cars caught fire.

The crash happened around 10:30 Thursday night but it's not clear how it happened.

At this point the highway is shut down with no detour in place.