Two injured in Storys Station Road crash

Published 8:54 am Friday, November 12, 2010

A truck driven by Willard Ricks, 70, of Courtland was seriously damaged when the driver of a sport utility vehicle allegedly ran a stop sign at Bethel and Storys Station roads on Thursday.

COURTLAND—Two people were hurt when the driver of a sport utility vehicle ran a stop sign and hit the driver of a full-size pickup at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Virginia State Police said.

Tameka Easterday, 29, of Franklin was flown to Sentara Norfolk General. It took rescue workers about 20 minutes to free Easterday from her vehicle.

The other driver, Willard Ricks, 70, of Courtland was taken to Southampton Memorial Hospital.

As of press time, neither of their conditions were available.

Trooper J.W. Carr said Easterday was driving a 2005 Ford Explorer westbound on Bethel Road. She allegedly drove through a stop sign where Bethel intersects with Storys Station Road and into the path of a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ricks.

The impact caused Easterday’s vehicle to roll onto its side, and Ricks’ northbound pickup spun 180 degrees.

“He just left home and was going to his mother’s house,” Willard Ricks’ wife, Lorene, said as she looked at the crashed southbound-pointed truck.

Nearby resident Henry Buck said the intersection is dangerous.

“I don’t know why they don’t stop,” Buck said. “The last (crash) was a police officer. He didn’t stop.”

Carr said it doesn’t appear that either driver was speeding. He cited Easteday with failing to yield.