Defective brakes cause of last year’s James River crash in Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The vehicle that crashed into the James River last October was caused by defective brakes.

Lynchburg Police revealed this information to WFXR after inquiring about a follow up to the investigation.

On Oct. 10, Lynchburg Police told 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.


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