Child dies in single vehicle accident

Published 5:56 pm Saturday, October 26, 2013

FRANKLIN-A Newsoms man was driving at a high rate of speed on Route 258 south of Sycamore Church Road when he is alleged to have attempted an unsafe lane change, losing control of a 2007 Chevrolet Impala, which flipped several times according to Sgt. Michelle Anaya, spokesperson for the Virginia State Police.

The Impala was being driven by Tony Sledge, 45, of the 20000 block of General Thomas Highway, she said. A woman and 5 children were passengers, Anaya said. Tonashea Sledge, 12, one of the passengers, died at the scene, said Anaya.

The driver and passengers were transported to area hospitals for various injuries.

The vehicle’s rate of speed and alcohol were causative factors, Anaya said. The accident happened at 11:32 a.m. on Oct. 26.

This is an ongoing investigation and charges are pending upon the case review by the commonwealth attorney.

More information will become available as it develops.