Man charged after Campbell County crash leaves one dead, three injured

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Lynchburg man is facing a hit-and-run charge following a crash in Campbell County that left one driver dead and three passengers injured Saturday night.

According to Virginia State Police, the crash occurred shortly before 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, along Route 29, less than a mile south of Route 699.

Police say a southbound 2010 Toyota Camry was traveling in the left lane on Route 29 when it was sideswiped by a southbound 2020 Kia Sorento in the right lane, which caused the Toyota to run off the left side of the road, hit a ditch, and overturn several times before coming to a rest in the northbound lanes of Route 29.

Meanwhile, the Kia only stopped for a moment before continuing south on Route 29. State troopers say they discovered the Kia a few hours later.

According to officials, the Toyota driver — identified as 23-year-old Lorenzo M. Pryor of Richmond — was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Pryor reportedly died at the scene of the crash.

As for the passengers in the Toyota, all three were brought to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. In addition, police say two of the passengers, a 24-year-old woman and a 22-year-old woman, were wearing seatbelts, the 29-year-old male passenger was not.

Virginia State Police say the driver of the Kia — 22-year-old Brandon M. Payne of Lynchburg — was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured in the crash, but he was charged with hit-and-run. 

The crash is still under investigation, authorities say.

According to the Blue Ridge Jail Authority, Payne is being held without bond at the Campbell County Adult Detention Center for hit-and-run and driving with a license revoked.

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