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Man killed on U.S. 220
Trooper: Deputy's vehicle struck pedestrian who entered road

Sunday, November 24, 2013

By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -

A Collinsville man was killed late Thursday when he walked into traffic on U.S. 220 and was struck by a Henry County sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle, according to the Virginia State Police.

Oliver Chester Rumley, 49, of 41 Ruth Court, Collinsville, and formerly of Bassett, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on U.S. 220 North, according to Trooper C.A. Weidhaas.

Weidhaas said the incident began Thursday night when Henry County Deputy J.B. Stone responded to a call that an intoxicated pedestrian was knocking on doors of residences near the Meadowgreen Market area on U.S. 220 just north of Bank Services.

Stone was “traveling northbound on U.S. 220 in the lefthand lane when a black male dressed in all black walked out into the left lane” in front of the deputy’s 2011 Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor, Weidhaas said. He added that the man was wearing blue jeans and a black jacket.

The man would have crossed the southbound lanes of U.S. 220 and through a paved crossover on the highway to enter the left lane, the trooper said.

Stone tried to swerve and miss the man but could not, the trooper said.

“The investigation shows the pedestrian walked right out into traffic in front of the car” and was struck at 10:23 p.m., Weidhaas said.

“In my investigation, I found this would have been an unavoidable pedestrian strike,” Weidhaas said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:40 p.m., according Weidhaas.

He also said it has been determined that the victim was the man for whom police were summoned.

Weidhaas has requested a toxicology report, but he said that would take a week or two. Also, an accident reconstruction report is expected to be completed in a day or two, he said.

He declined to say how fast the deputy’s car was traveling.

No charges have been filed in the case, Weidhaas said. He said he plans to discuss the case with the commonwealth’s attorney on Monday, and “he decides what we do.”

Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said Stone is on paid administrative leave. Perry said that is the standard procedure in such cases.

He added that Stone has been with the department for three or four years. Weidhaas said Stone was not injured in the incident.

“It’s a tragic situation for the family of the deceased and the officer,” Perry added.

 

 
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