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Woman killed in wreck
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
By AMANDA BUCK - Bulletin Staff Writer
A Martinsville woman was killed Monday in a single-vehicle accident on the U.S. 220 bypass, according to the Virginia State Police.
It was the third fatal wreck in the area since Friday.
Sandra Estes, 57, of 911 Royal Drive, was driving a 2009 Nissan Versa when the car ran off the road to the left, hit an embankment and overturned, said Virginia State Police Trooper D.W. McBride. Estes was partially ejected, McBride said.
The accident happened at 3:59 p.m., about 1 mile east of Route 650 (Irisburg Road), he said.
Estes was not wearing a seat belt, McBride said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
"If she had had her seat belt on, she would not have died," he said. "... It would have saved her life."�
The car turned over before coming to a rest on its wheels, the trooper said. Estes was in the passenger seat at that point, he said.
The vehicle was totaled.
McBride said failure to maintain control caused the accident. What caused Estes to lose control is unclear, he added.
A passing motorist saw the accident and called 911, McBride said.
In addition to the state police, the Axton Fire Department, Stone Ambulance and the Henry County Sheriff's Office responded, McBride said.
Also killed in motor vehicle accidents in recent days were Daniel Allen DeShazo, 27, of Martinsville, on Saturday on Virginia 57; and Dustin Adam Davis, 19, of Bassett, early Friday in Fork Mountain.