Troy woman dies, two others injured in Friday wreck

A Troy woman died and two other people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident Fri., Oct. 24, on Hwy. 134 in southern Randolph County.

70-year-old Virginia Thomas was a passenger in the back seat of 2006 Ford pickup truck. The truck was heading north on Hwy. 134 around 6:30 p.m. Friday when the driver of a 2000 Buick ran a stop sign on Bethel Lucas Rd. and struck it on the left rear. Investigating Trooper J. Frye told the Courier-Tribune the truck ran off the road, rolled over several times, struck a tree and came to a rest upside down. Virginia Thomas died at the scene.

The driver of the truck, 33-year-old Bruce Kerns, and a front seat passenger, 46-year-old Theresa Thomas, were taken to Randolph Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.

The driver of the Buick, 68-year-old Nancy Parker Stewart of Benson, was not injured. She was charged with failure to stop at the stop sign and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Trooper Frye told media speed and alcohol were not factors in the accident, but Stewart may have been distracted by her cell phone.

The wreck marks the second time in just over a week that a Montgomery County resident died in a car accident while not wearing a seat belt. Shayla McKinnon died Oct. 17 in a two-vehicle collision just north of Mount Gilead.

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