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Lee Lawrence died following traffic accident
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Lee Lawrence

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Family members of Manley M. “Lee” Lawrence have been located.

Lawrence, 55, of Spring Drive, Collinsville, died Feb. 10 from injuries he sustained Dec. 23 after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. 220.

Betty Gordon, who was Lawrence’s landlord, had been trying to find members of his family since hospital officials contacted her about his death. Lawrence was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital after the accident.

On Monday, Gordon said she had been contacted by one of Lawrence’s family members.

Brett Lawrence, a brother, told Gordon that he also had been trying to contact Lee Lawrence, following the death of another brother last year.

The Bulletin also has been in contact with some of Lawrence’s family members since the publication of a story about Lawrence last week, and many in the community have worked to locate family members.

Lawrence and Phillip Hayes, 47, who lives in another apartment at the Spring Drive address, were struck by a car about 7:12 p.m. Dec. 23 on U.S. 220, authorities have said. The two had walked to a Citgo station and were crossing the highway to return home when the accident occurred, police have said.

Both were struck by a 2008 Scion XB that was traveling south. The driver, who stopped and called for help, was not charged in the incident, according to the Virginia State Police.

Hayes is recuperating from his injuries.

Gordon said she was thrilled to hear from Brett Lawrence.

“Maybe, maybe, maybe ... hopefully, this is the beginning of the end,” she said.


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