A Pembroke man has been charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and other charges after a three-vehicle accident that hospitalized three people Saturday in Sylvatus.
According to Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Delp, the accident occurred at 2:50 p.m. Saturday on Route 100 near the intersection of Route 750 (Greenbriar Road) in Carroll County. Delp said Anthony Lee Thompson, 34, of Pembroke, was driving a 1996 Dodge Neon northbound on Route 100 at an apparent high rate of speed on the wrong side of the road when it topped a hill and struck a 1999 Suzuki SUV driven by Preston Scott Fagg, 22, of Draper.
“Mr. Fagg was southbound in that black Suzuki and saw the other vehicle coming on his side and he had no chance to do anything,” Delp said. “He was a sitting duck. It was not a head-on collision, it was sort of left headlight to left headlight, which made both vehicles rotate. Mr. Fagg’s vehicle rotated around and got struck by a third vehicle.”
The third vehicle was a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Johnny Preston Beeman, 56, of Galax.
“He was behind the black Suzuki and he saw it coming too, but there was nothing much he could do,” Delp said. “He said it looked like the red vehicle was coming at 90 miles per hour.”
Hillsville Fire Department, Carroll EMS and the Virginia State Police all responded to the scene. Thompson had to be extricated from the Neon with the Jaws of Life. Thompson said Beeman was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax, where he was treated and released Saturday. Both Thompson and Fagg were transported to Radford, where Delp said both were being treated for serious, but what he thought were not life-threatening injuries.
Delp charged Thompson with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and not wearing a seatbelt. Delp said Fagg had just bought his Suzuki the day before the accident. He was charged with not having proper tags and not wearing a seatbelt.