A tragic three days in Floyd County

The aftermath of a highway accident scene.  This came not from one of the two fatal accidents in Floyd County but from an earlier motorcycle crash involving the author of this article and is used for illustrative purposes (Photo from The Roanoke County Police Department)
The aftermath of a highway accident scene. This came not from one of the two fatal accidents in Floyd County but from an earlier motorcycle crash involving the author of this article in 2012 and is used for illustrative purposes (Photo from The Roanoke County Police Department)

Tragic start to the summer holiday season.  A serious auto crash near Willis Tuesday left 70-year-old Charidy Lee Anders dead and two children hospitalized in serious condition.

On Sunday, Larry James Scott, 40, died in a motorcycle crash when he, witnesses told police, tried to pass a pickup truck that was legally turning left on a stretch of U.S. 221 just south of Check.

Two traffic fatalities in three days.  Unusual for Floyd County.

Traffic in the county is at an all-time high and too many vehicles are being operated by drivers who are either distracted and who show too little regard for the law.

In the Tuesday crash between Willis Elementary School and Virginia Route 750, Anders’ pickup left the southbound lane of U.S. 221 and slammed into a tree.

With a three-day weekend around the 4th of July coming up, the need for vigilance on the roads increases.

4 Responses to A tragic three days in Floyd County

  1. As a long-time motorcyclist, I have concluded that other people on the road believe that saving a few minutes of their time is worth risking my life.

  2. It is unfair to say Jamie was either “distracted” or that he had “too little regard for the law.” Neither you nor the police know for a fact that he “crossed over a double-solid, no passing line, to try and illegally pass a truck that was legally turning left.” How many times have we seen trucks swerve out in the opposite direction to make a turn in the other direction? It is possible that Jamie misread the direction the truck was turning. Please, let’s not besmirch a good man who has left many grieving friends and family behind.

    • The article above did not claim those were the actions of the opeerator of the motorcycle. It was a description of the causes of accidents in general. However, your clam that “neither you nor the police know for a fact that he ‘crossed over a solid yellow ‘” is also a misstatement of what was said in the story, which reported what witnesses to the crash told police and me. I was there immediately following the accident and talked to those who witnessed the incident. The State Police also quoted what witnesses said. We reported what those who saw the crash said happened. Nothing more, nothing less.

      Your are defending a friend who died in an accident. Your loyalty to that friend’s memory is admirable but please do not misstate what our article said. Such misstatements cannot, and will not, be allowed to appear without correction.

  3. As someone who did not know any of the victims personally and also not usually bothered by such images, I find the above picture highly offensive, posted in poor taste and insensitive to the people involved in the accidents, IF it was taken at one of the crash scenes.