Female passenger in James River crash dies; defective equipment a factor in crash

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The female passenger hospitalized since an Oct. 10 car crash at the James River in Lynchburg has died.

Lynchburg Police told WFXRtv.com that witnesses saw the driver William Colvin, 56, of Beachwood, N.J., honking the car horn as he drove down 7th Street toward the river, as if he knew something was wrong. He died at Lynchburg General Hospital of his injuries.

His female passenger, identified as wife Glory Ann Colvin, 47, was initially reported as critical but “stable and improving” at Lynchburg General. She died Friday morning, Oct. 18, Lynchburg Police told WFXR News. William and Glory Ann Colvin’s son, the third passenger in the vehicle, was treated and released at the scene. His name has not been released.

Police said Friday that defective equipment played a factor in the crash.

When the car crashed in the river, a bystander and emergency crews jumped into the river to rescue the family, police say.

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