Pastor dies in Highway 35 wreck

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 20, 2007

William Edward Saunders, pastor of the New Life Church in Camptown, was killed in a single-car crash in Prince George County at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Saunders, 61, was headed south on Route 35, when his 1999 Mercedes ran off the right side of the road, traveled a short distance and slammed into a tree. He was ejected from the car and declared dead at the scene.

The road surface was wet, but it was not raining at the time of the crash, according to a spokesman with the Prince George County Police Department.

Department officials are waiting to hear from the Virginia Medical Examiner’s office before continuing their investigation.