A Galax man has been charged with reckless driving and driving on a suspended license in a four-vehicle accident Monday in front of Sunny Side Store in Hillsville.
According to Virginia State Police Trooper R.D. Horton, the accident occurred at 4:19 p.m. on U.S. 52 at Sunny Side Store at the intersection of Route 675 (Westover Road). Horton said Freddie J. Privette, 66, of Galax was traveling northbound on U.S. 52 in a 2009 Hyundai Elantra when he crossed the centerline and struck a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Collin D. Williams, 20, of Fancy Gap. Horton said the collision was not head-on, adding that Privette struck Williams’ vehicle at more of an angle in the rear axle area.
Horton said Luciano P. Perez, 62, of Hillsville, was also traveling southbound in a 2004 Ford F-150 behind Williams’ Dodge Ram, while a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Catherine E. Brown, 20, of Wytheville, was traveling northbound behind Privette’s Elantra. When Privette crossed the centerline and struck Williams’ truck, he said Brown’s Malibu also struck Privette’s Elantra in the side, causing the Elantra to go sideways and Brown’s vehicle to go to the right, running of the road and striking the stop sign at the intersection of Westover Road and into the grass. Somewhere in between, Horton said Privette’s Elantra also hit Perez’s pickup.
Privette was transported by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax. Brown and a female passenger were also transported to Galax with minor injuries, Horton said, adding that Williams and Perez were not injured.
Horton charged Privette with reckless driving and driving on a suspended license. Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department and Carroll EMS responded to the scene. Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner helped assist with traffic and Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce was also on scene. Additionally, Horton said Virginia State Troopers P.K. Cheek and S.M. Phillips also assisted at the scene.\