Virginia State Police investigate fatal Buckingham County crash

Published 6:50 am Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Virginia State Police say they’re investigating a Buckingham County crash that left one person dead. The incident happened Sunday, Aug. 27 at 2:58 p.m. on Route 656, approximately two miles west of Route 20. 

According to State Police officials, a 2011 Ford Edge was traveling east on Route 656 when it came through a curve, crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle head-on. The driver of that second vehicle, a 2008 Honda Accord, was 39-year-old Ryan Ragland of Howardsville. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the Ford Edge, 37-year-old John Stearrett III of Dillwyn, was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries. A 37-year-old female passenger in the Edge was also taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts.

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State Police officials said the investigation to determine what caused the Buckingham County crash is ongoing.