Passenger dead, driver charged following Sunday morning crash in Montgomery County

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A West Virginia man faces charges following a Sunday morning crash in Montgomery County that resulted in the death of a Virginia woman.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, at 6:05 a.m. on Sunday, June 7, deputies were dispatched alongside Christiansburg first responders for a report of a single-vehicle crash with entrapment in the 1500 block of Ellett Road.

When deputies arrived at the scene — located approximately one mile outside Christiansburg — they found a 2017 Nissan Rogue that went over a steep embankment and struck a tree, the sheriff’s office says.

Authorities say the driver — 24-year-old Preston Conner Jones of Peterstown, West Virginia — was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. According to the sheriff’s office, Jones was charged with driving under the influence, but additional charges are pending.

Unfortunately, the passenger — identified as 24-year-old Mercedes Diane Scales, a former Christiansburg resident who relocated to Falls Church — died at the scene of the crash, authorities say. 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the New River Valley Regional Crash Investigation Team are currently investigating the crash.

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