Perry Owens Killed, Amanda Pearson Injured in Alleged DUI Tractor-Trailer Accident
Where: The accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 23 and U.S. Highway 58A in Norton, Virginia.
What Happened: A tractor-trailer allegedly struck a car while driving the wrong direction on the highway.
- Amanda Pearson, driver of Chevrolet Cruze
- Perry Owens, driver of Chevrolet Cruze
- Travis Toliver, driver of tractor-trailer
- Perry Owens, 22, killed
- Amanda Pearson, 20, injured
On or about Wednesday, February 24th, 2021, around 1:04 in the morning, an accident between a car and an alleged DUI truck driver left one man dead and sent a woman to the hospital. Representatives from the VSP said the accident was reported at the intersection of Highway 23 and Highway 58A in Norton, Virginia.
Virginia State Police Troopers said a tractor-trailer driven by 30-year-old Travis Toliver was allegedly going north in the southbound lanes when it struck a Chevrolet Cruze driven by 20-year-old Amanda Pearson. A passenger in the Cruze was identified as 22-year-old Perry Owens, who died of his injuries a short time after the collision. Pearson was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
Authorities have since charged 30-year-old Travis Tolivar with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in connection with the accident.
Virginia State Police are still looking into the circumstances surrounding the accident.
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