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Police say alcohol factor in wreck

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

A Dublin man remained hospitalized Monday after being ejected from his vehicle in a Sunday wreck police say was alcohol related.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Jeff Saunders said Timothy Walker, 50, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from a Chevrolet Cavalier when it ran off Route 100, about a quarter mile south of the entrance to New River Valley Airport. Saunders said in a press release, “alcohol was a factor in the crash.”

According to Saunders, Walker was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with what were considered to be life-threatening injuries. Walker was listed in serous condition Monday, according to Carilion spokesman Eric Earnhart.

The passenger, 19-year-old Johnathon Ward of Dublin, was transported to LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Saunders said.

He said it appears the vehicle may have dropped off the right side of the road and Walker overcorrected bringing it back on the pavement. However, he said an investigation is continuing by sheriff’s office Sgt. D.R. Johnson to establish the cause. Dublin Fire Department and REMSI also responded to the wreck.

The wreck occurred in almost the same location as a September wreck that killed a Hillsville woman. As a matter of fact, as it skidded off the road the Cavalier struck a cross and memorial flowers placed on the side of the highway in memory of the Hillsville woman.

Asked whether there appears to be any defects in the road, Saunders merely responded that both of the wrecks that have occurred there involved speed or alcohol.

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