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UPDATE: Two dead, three injured in Franklin County crash

FRANKLIN COUNTY – Virginia State Police is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Franklin County. The crash occurred at 3:47 PM at the intersection of Hardy Road and Booker T. Washington Highway (Route 122). 

A 2002 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling east on Hardy Road. As the Jetta was attempting to make a left turn onto Booker T. Washington Highway, it pulled into the path of a southbound 2006 Toyota pickup truck. The pickup was unable to avoid the Jetta and struck it in the side.

There were four occupants in the Jetta. The driver, Brittany N. Henritze, 25, of Roanoke and a backseat passenger, David F. Nash II, 32, of Vinton, died at the scene. An adult female in the passenger front seat and her 3-year-old daughter were transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The driver and two adult passengers were wearing seat belts. The 3-year-old was not in a child safety seat.

The driver of the Toyota pickup, a 28-year-old male from Rocky Mount, was wearing a seat belt and was treated at the scene for minor injuries. 

The crash remains under investigation. 


At 3:47 PM Monday, Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash in Franklin County. The crash occurred at Hardy Road and Booker T. Washington Highway. There are two confirmed fatalities at this time. 

Three other individuals were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Two of the three suffered life-threatening injuries; the third is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

State Police is still in the process of confirming the identifications of the decedents and then will notify the next of kin. 

The crash remains under investigation.

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