State Police believe alcohol factored into Rockbridge County crash that left one dead, one injured

Roanoke Valley News

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — State troopers are investigating a Monday evening collision in Rockbridge County that left one man dead and sent another to the hospital.

According to Virginia State Police, the single-vehicle wreck took place along Route 60 — less than a quarter of a mile west of Beatty Road — shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1.

Police say a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck was heading west on Route 60, went off the right side of the road, overcorrected, crossed the road, and hit a tree.

The driver — identified by authorities as 31-year-old Milton Travis Higgins of Lexington — was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene of the crash.

Meanwhile, the passenger — 26-year-old Charlie Fitzgerald — was wearing his seatbelt and was brought to Stonewall Jackson Hospital to be treated for his injuries from the collision, according to officials.

Virginia State Police say they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation at this time.

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