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Wreck probe goes on
Prosecutor will review report before deciding on charges
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
Patrick County Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Vipperman will decide whether to file charges in connection with the death of a toddler who was hit by a car Friday in Patrick County.
Vipperman said Monday that she has not yet received an accident reconstruction report on the case from the Virginia State Police. However, based on what she has been told by authorities, the incident was a “tragic accident,” Vipperman said.
She did not know when she will get the final report, but her decision will be made shortly after she has an opportunity to review it, she said.
Mackenzie Hope Hubbard, 2, the daughter of Coby and Sherry Hubbard of Patrick Springs, died Friday at Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., after she allegedly ran out in front of a 1994 Geo Metro and was struck.
The vehicle, operated by a Patrick Springs man, was traveling west on Route 721 around 5:20 p.m. Friday when the accident occurred about one-tenth of a mile west of Route 627, authorities have said.
Mackenzie was taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville and flown to Baptist Hospital, where she died, authorities have said.
As of Monday morning, an online fundraising effort at gofundme.com was within less than $300 of meeting a $12,000 goal for Mackenzie’s family.
The way the community has come together to help the family “I think is awesome and incredible,” said Mandy Rogers Horsley of Bassett, who created the site “In loving memory of Mackenzie Hubbard” after Horsley and several others decided to do something to support the family.
“I think it speaks volumes for the people” in the local area, as well as some contributors who live elsewhere, Horsley said.
With all the bad news, not just locally but nationally as well, the way people have reached out to help the Hubbards “is a happy story. It’s a heartwarming story,” even in the middle of the “shock and devastation,” she said.
“Even after the goal is met,” Horsley said she hopes “people will continue to pray for the family — for their strength and for their faith.”
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Bassett Funeral Service.