Charges pending after Blue Ridge Parkway crash north of Roanoke leaves two dead, one in critical condition, officials say

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Two people are dead, one is in critical condition, and another has charges pending following a Saturday evening crash along the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Roanoke.

According to the National Park Service (NPS), a report came in at approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 about a single-vehicle crash near mile marker 105 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Officials say the preliminary investigation determined a vehicle heading southbound at a high rate of speed lost control and ejected three passengers who were not wearing their seatbelts.

One of those passengers — identified as 19-year-old Jiuver Espinoza-Regalado of Honduras — was pronounced dead at the scene, but the other two passengers were brought to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, the NPS says.

According to officials, another passenger — 22-year-old Christhian Sapil-Canales of Honduras — later died from his injuries.

Meanwhile, the third passenger is reportedly stable, but still in critical condition.

As for the driver, NPS says he was wearing a seatbelt during the crash and only sustained minor injuries. However, officials say multiple charges are pending against the driver.

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