UPDATE: Driver identified in collision in Roanoke County

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Update:

The driver of the 2006 GMC Sierra that caused another car to crash into a home on Merriman Road in Roanoke County Friday afternoon has been identified as Jerry Davis, Jr, 32, of Rock Mount. He was not wearing a seat belt and had no injuries. He's charged with failing to drive on right side of road and not wearing a seatbelt.

The first vehicle Davis hit was a 2008 Chevy Trailblazer. The driver of that vehicle has been identified as Debra Brown, 57, of Boones Mill. She was wearing a seatbelt and had no injuries. There was minor damage to her vehicle.

The second vehicle Davis hit was a 2015 Honda Accord. The driver of that vehicle has been identified as Hemlata Patel, 69, of Roanoke. She was wearing a seatbelt. She was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. Her passenger, Thakorbhai Patel, 79, of Roanoke, was not wearing a seatbelt. He was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Neither speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.


On Friday afternoon at 3:56 p.m., a white GMC pickup truck was traveling northbound on Merriman Road. The male driver fell asleep, crossed the center line and side-swiped a Chevy Trailblazer. The driver was uninjured.

The female driver of the Trailblazer was unharmed and not transported to the hospital. Her vehicle sustained minor damage.

The GMC then crossed the double line into the other lane and collided head-on with a Honda Accord. The Honda went off the road, backwards and struck a house in the 5800 block of Merriman Road. The Honda had a female driver and male passenger inside and both were transported to the hospital.

Residents of the home were inside but not affected. The vehicle struck the side of the house near the garage.

The crash is still under investigation at this time.

Original Story:

Just before 4 p.m. there was a head on collision that caused the car to roll into a house on Merriman Road and Arcturus Drive in Roanoke County.

Two people have been taken to the hospital; right now, the extent of the injuries are unknown.

The building inspector was called out to check out the house and claims that it was safe for the homeowners to stay inside.

Roanoke County Police and the Cave Spring Fire Department are on scene.

A tow truck is on its way to get the car out.

Stay with us for updates.