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County wreck kills one
Single vehicle struck tree in Bassett

Monday, September 1, 2014

From Bulletin staff reports

A Bassett man died following a Saturday night vehicle crash that occurred after police backed off a pursuit in Henry County, according to news releases from the Virginia State Police and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

A a preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica, allegedly operated by Ernest Brian Brodie, 42, of 120 Spruce Pine Lane, Bassett, was being pursued by Henry County Sheriff’s Office deputies after an attempted traffic stop, the releases stated.

The vehicle was traveling southbound on Blackberry Road in Bassett, about a half-mile south of Virginia 780 when deputies backed off the pursuit, the state police release stated. A short time later, both releases added, deputies found the vehicle had run off the right side of the road and struck a tree around 9:45 p.m.

Deputies immediately began efforts to extricate Brodie from the van, and were assisted by members of the Bassett Volunteer Fire Department and Henry County Public Safety, according to the releases.

After Brodie was removed from the vehicle, he was taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville where he was pronounced dead a short time later, the releases added.

Brodie was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash. The Virginia State Police accident reconstruction team assisted in the initial investigation.

Evidence was seized from the van at the scene that will be sent to the state lab for narcotics testing, the county release stated.

The investigation is continuing, the releases added.


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