Buggy accident results in fatality

Published 11:41 am Saturday, December 21, 2019

A Buckingham County resident succumbed to injuries she sustained following a horse-drawn buggy accident that occurred on Friday, Dec. 20, in Buckingham County.

According to Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne N. Geller, the buggy was traveling east on Route 60 near High School Road when it was struck from the rear by an eastbound 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by George M. Lee, 67, of Buckingham around 3:55 p.m.

Sylvia Yoder, 31, was transported to UVA Medical Center and succumbed to her injuries Saturday morning Dec. 21.

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Geller stated that the buggy was equipped with flashing lights and a reflective triangle.

According to Geller, there was a family of six riding in the enclosed, two-horse buggy.

John Yoder, 36, who was seated outside, was thrown from the buggy when it was struck. Four children — two boys and two girls, ranging in age from two years to 10 years old, were transported to UVA Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

One of the two horses was euthanized at the scene. The other horse was transported from the scene by a veterinarian for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.

Lee was not injured in the crash and has been charged with reckless driving.

According to VSP alcohol was not a factor in the crash, and the accident remains under investigation.