Fatal wreck claims life of Fancy Gap man


The Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal wreck that occurred early Labor Day morning in Hillsville.

Virginia State Police Trooper J.L. Criner is investigating the single-vehicle fatal crash, which occurred Sept. 3 at 1:50 a.m. on the Route 58 Bypass on the ramp to Route 52 in Hillsville. According to Criner’s police report, a 2000 Dodge Dakota was traveling east on the Route 58 Bypass.

“As the vehicle took the exit to Route 52, the Dodge Dakota ran off the left side of the road and struck head-on the guardrail,” Criner wrote in his police report. “The impact of the crash caused the vehicle to overturn, continue off the right side of the road and strike that guardrail. The driver of the vehicle, Ryan Rakes, 33, of Fancy Gap, died at the scene.”

Criner said Rakes was wearing a seat belt. The crash remains under investigation.

State Police investigating wreck on U.S. 58 Bypass