The only person to walk away from an accident that killed two people early Monday morning in Roanoke County was the only person in the car wearing a seat belt, according to the Roanoke Police Department.
18-year-old Danial Wayne Buckner of Franklin County and 20-year-old Jefferson Cody Elliott of Southwest Roanoke County died in the wreck on Merriman Road around 4:40 a.m. Monday. According to investigators, Buckner and Elliott were in the backseat of the car. They were not wearing seat belts.
The driver of the car was critically hurt. He was also not wearing a seat belt. Investigators are not releasing his name because he’s a juvenile. He is believed to be undergoing treatment at a local hospital.
The only person who was wearing a seat belt was the 17-year-old front seat passenger, who was able to crawl out of the car. Investigators are not releasing his name.
The Roanoke County Police Department says it will consult with the Commonwealth’s Attorney regarding charges once more information is available.
Original story from WDBJ7's David Kaplan
The Roanoke County Police Department has released the names of the two people killed in an accident early Monday morning on Merriman Road.
18-year-old Danial Wayne Buckner of Franklin County and 20-year-old Jefferson Cody Elliott of Southwest Roanoke County died at the scene of the crash.
Two other people inside the car survived. The teenage-driver was also critically injured. The driver is being treated at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. A fourth person inside the car was not injured.
The Roanoke County Police Department believes speed played a factor in the crash. The victims were not wearing seat belts.
The accident happened around 4:40 a.m. Monday morning near the intersection of Merriman Road and Chaparral Drive. The car flipped and snapped a power pole in half, before skidding across two yards. The downed power pole knocked out power to about 700 Appalachian Power customers Monday.
A neighbor says he heard a loud bang and saw a big flash Monday morning.
“I heard a young lady scream. I called 9-1-1, that’s all I heard,” Gary Kessler said. “I heard no voices from the automobile at all.”
The car landed a few feet from Katie Dralle's house.
"It was terrible. I totally panicked," Dralle said. "We were all crying and screaming. It was horrible."
Two people are dead and one is critically injured after an early-morning car crash in Roanoke County.
Police say the crash happened around 4:45 a.m. Monday morning on the corner of Merriman Road and Chaparral Drive. A third person was critically hurt, and a fourth person was not injured.
A car carrying four people flipped and slid several yards before stopping in a front yard. Officers say speed was a factor in this crash.
A light pole snapped in half, knocking out power to around 700 homes in Southwest Roanoke County.
The names of the people in the car haven't been released at this hour. A neighbor says he heard a loud bang and saw a big flash Monday morning.
“I heard a young lady scream. I called 9-1-1, that’s all I've heard,” Gary Kessler said. “I heard no voices from the automobile at all.”
Appalachian Power crews are still working to restore power.