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Overcorrection leads to accident

Overcorrecting after running off the side of the road is believed to have caused a Giles County wreck that killed a teenager Tuesday.
The Virginia State Police have called in its Crash Reconstruction Team to assist with the investigation into the wreck, that occurred around 6:40 p.m. on Virginia 460 Business, near Eastern Elementary School.
State Police First Sgt. Mike Honaker said 17-year-old Brianna Lynn Colle of Ripplemead was eastbound on Route 460 when she apparently lost control of her vehicle and ran off the side of the road.
“Our preliminary investigation has revealed that the vehicle operated by Ms. Colle ran off the right side of the roadway, at which point the driver overcorrected and ran completely back across the roadway, through the median, and into the westbound lanes of Business 460,” Honaker said. “At this point the victim’s vehicle had spun around and was still in motion when an oncoming vehicle in the westbound lanes impacted the driver’s side door of Ms. Colle’s vehicle.”
Colle was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt.
According to Honaker, Colle was not wearing a seat belt and the driver’s-side air bag did not deploy. He noted it isn’t unusual for the airbag not to deploy in a side-impact collision.
The other vehicle, a 1996 Honda Civic, was being driven by 19-year-old Megan D. Pagan of Peppers Ferry Road in Christiansburg. Pagan sustained minor injuries. She was transported to Giles Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and later released.
Trooper Steve Barton is investigating the crash.

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Overcorrection leads to accident

Overcorrecting after running off the side of the road is believed to have caused a Giles County wreck that killed a teenager Tuesday.
The Virginia State Police have called in its Crash Reconstruction Team to assist with the investigation into the wreck, that occurred around 6:40 p.m. on Virginia 460 Business, near Eastern Elementary School.
State Police First Sgt. Mike Honaker said 17-year-old Brianna Lynn Colle of Ripplemead was eastbound on Route 460 when she apparently lost control of her vehicle and ran off the side of the road.
“Our preliminary investigation has revealed that the vehicle operated by Ms. Colle ran off the right side of the roadway, at which point the driver overcorrected and ran completely back across the roadway, through the median, and into the westbound lanes of Business 460,” Honaker said. “At this point the victim’s vehicle had spun around and was still in motion when an oncoming vehicle in the westbound lanes impacted the driver’s side door of Ms. Colle’s vehicle.”
Colle was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt.
According to Honaker, Colle was not wearing a seat belt and the driver’s-side air bag did not deploy. He noted it isn’t unusual for the airbag not to deploy in a side-impact collision.
The other vehicle, a 1996 Honda Civic, was being driven by 19-year-old Megan D. Pagan of Peppers Ferry Road in Christiansburg. Pagan sustained minor injuries. She was transported to Giles Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and later released.
Trooper Steve Barton is investigating the crash.

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