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Ridgeway woman dies after wreck

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Virginia State Police is continuing to investigate a fatal traffic accident that occurred around 7 p.m. Thursday, according to a release from the state police issued Sunday.

Ellen E. Compton-Gooding, 60, of Ridgeway, was operating a 1991 Ford Explorer traveling northbound on Virginia 87. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck an embankment, the release stated. The vehicle then rolled over and struck a 1997 Chevrolet C1500 pickup that was stopped at the intersection of Virginia 87 and Route 1008 in Henry County, the release added.

Compton-Gooding was taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville where she died Thursday evening, the release stated. She was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash, added the release.

No further details regarding the crash were available Sunday evening.


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