A 7-year-old juvenile was airlifted Saturday after a wreck on Route 100 in Hillsville that caused two vehicles to overturn and one to catch on fire.
According to Virginia State Police Senior Trooper R.D. Horton, the three-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 7:35 p.m. Saturday on Route 100, one-tenth of a mile south of Cottonwood Lane in Hillsville. Horton said all three vehicles were traveling in close proximity of each other southbound on Route 100.
The front vehicle, a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup, was driven by Patrick Snow, 48, of Barren Springs. Snow had three passengers in the vehicle, none of which were injured, Horton said. Snow’s vehicle was followed by a 1996 Toyota Avalon driven by Sharon Brown, 49, of Hillsville. The back vehicle, a 2006 Dodge Minivan, was driven by Jacob S. Mollett, 21, of Hillsville. Horton said Mollett went into the opposite lane to pass Brown’s vehicle.
“He was already committed and was in the process of passing. Brown didn’t see him and she went to pass also, so she made a lane change to the left, which caused her to strike the minivan,” Horton said. “From what we could gather, they got together and sideswiped each other. Some way or another, Brown’s vehicle was pushed back into the Dodge pickup and then after that the Minivan driven by Mollet and Brown’s Toyota both went off the left side of the road and overturned.”
Horton said while Snow was able to get off the shoulder of the road and slow down, Mollett’s minivan hit several driveways along the road, “kind of jumping them and hitting them hard and fast. The last driveway, he kind of hit that bank and turned over. Brown actually went up an embankment to the top and the car came back down and rolled over.”
Mollett’s vehicle caught fire, but Horton said the driver “rushed to get everybody out,” including his 18-year-old brother, Jeremiah Mollett, and three underage teenagers. Horton said all five occupants were transported to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Brown and another passenger received minor injuries in the wreck, but Horton said a 7-year-old male juvenile in Brown’s vehicle was transported to Noah’s Ark Daycare to be airlifted. The trooper did not know the extent of the boy’s injuries.
All three vehicles were damaged, said Horton, who charged Brown with an unsafe lane change. He said Jacob Mollett was also charged with having an unsecured child in his vehicle.
Carroll EMS, Hillsville Fire Department, Laurel Rescue Squad and Pipers Gap Rescue Squad all assisted at the scene, as did Virginia State Troopers P.K. Cheek and J. Sowers.