Health center director dies in Monday crash

Published 10:27 am Monday, January 23, 2017

Three people died in a two-vehicle crash in Fluvanna County near the Buckingham County line on Monday.

According to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, Roderick V. Manifold, 69, of Lake Monticello; Demetria B. Manifold, 69, of Lake Monticello, Manifold’s wife; and his mother-in-law, Marion J. Brewer, 91, of Chesapeake, died at the scene.

Roderick served as executive director of Central Virginia Health Services based in New Canton.

All three were wearing seat belts, she said.

The two-vehicle crash was reported at 9:09 a.m., she said.

“The crash occurred in the Bremo Bluff community on Route 15 near Route 656 — near the Fluvanna and Buckingham County line,” Geller said.

“A tractor-trailer loaded with sand was traveling south on Route 15. As it came downhill and through a curve, the trailer crossed over the centerline and struck a northbound 2015 Honda sedan. The impact of the crash caused the tractor-trailer to overturn,” Geller said.

Roderick was driving the Honda, while Demetria and Marion were passengers.

The tractor-trailer driver, Franklin L. Rowe, 51, of Weems, was treated at the scene for minor injuries. “He was wearing a seatbelt,” Geller said.

Rowe has been charged with reckless driving, Geller said. “Additional charges are pending the crash investigation and consultation with the Fluvanna County Commonwealth’s Attorney.”

Route 15 was closed for most of the day Monday.