Driver dies from injuries in Rice crash

Published 9:29 am Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The driver of a Jeep involved in a two-vehicle crash that killed a passenger on June 22, has died.

Nellie E. Sims, 75, who suffered life-threatening injuries in the Rice crash, died on June 26, according to the Oliver & Eggleston Funeral Establishment.

The Farmville resident was the driver of the 2004 Jeep Liberty, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, which pulled out in front of the tractor trailer traveling east on Route 460. The Jeep was on Route 606, turning to head east when the accident occurred, Geller said.

The tractor-trailer struck the vehicle at County Line Market, throwing Cheryl A. Sims, 48, from the vehicle, killing her.

The crash occurred at 3:05 p.m., she said.

“The tractor-trailer was unable to brake in time or avoid the Jeep and struck the Jeep in the side,” Geller said. “The Jeep spun around and overturned onto its side. The tractor trailer ran off the left side of the road.”

Geller said Nellie E. Sims was flown to the VCU Medical Center in Richmond for treatment of her injuries. “Neither woman was wearing a seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation,” Geller said.

The crash closed Route 460 East.