Virginia State Police say crash investigations continue

Published 10:04 pm Thursday, June 8, 2023

Virginia State Police (VSP) say investigations continue into what caused two recent accidents in the area. 

The first was a single-vehicle crash in Cumberland County on Saturday, June 3. Police were called out to Cartersville Road at 4:24 p.m., less than a mile north of Highpockets Road. According to the Virginia State Police, a 2005 GMC Yukon was traveling south on Cartersville Road when it suddenly ran off the right side of the road. The GMC hit a fence, overcorrected, hit the guide wire for a utility pole, then ran into another fence and overturned. 

VSP officials say the driver, 28-year-old Darian A. Colter, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to Bon Secours Westchester Emergency Center in Chesterfield County, where she later died that same day. 

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The second incident was also a single-vehicle crash, with this one taking place in Appomattox County. The crash happened on Monday, June 5, with police called out at 12:19 p.m. to the scene on Route 460, a mile west of Spruce Drive. 

In this case, VSP officials say a 2012 Honda NC700X motorcycle was traveling east on Route 460 when it suddenly ran off the right side of the highway and struck the guardrail. The rider, 31-year-old Buckingham resident Eric A. Leinheiser, was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene. He was wearing a helmet, VSP officials say.