ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The man who police are calling a suspect in the 4-car crash that left a man dead has been identified by law enforcement.
Roanoke County Public Information Officer Amy Whittaker identified the suspect as Kenneth Inger, 57, of Roanoke. Whittaker said charges were pending the conclusion of the ongoing criminal investigation of the Sept. 10 crash on Brambleton Avenue, which Roanoke County Police had previously said speed, drugs, and alcohol may have been a factor.
A previous statement from Roanoke County Police explains the sequence of events that led to the deadly crash on Brambleton Avenue earlier this month.
On Tuesday September 10, 2019, a Volvo sedan was traveling southbound on Brambleton Ave. in Roanoke County when it rear ended a Toyota driven by Mr. Orr. Mr. Orr’s vehicle then left the right side of the roadway where it struck a utility pole. Mr. Orr was pronounced dead at the scene. The sedan continued southbound on Brambleton Ave. where it struck a Cadillac and pushed the Cadillac into a pickup truck. The driver of the Cadillac was transported to the hospital and has been released. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured. The driver of the Volvo was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. All parties were wearing their seat belts. Speed along with drugs and alcohol, may have been a factor in the crash. Brambleton Ave. was closed for a period of time while members of the Blue Ridge Regional Crash Team worked to reconstruct the incident, but all lanes of Brambleton Ave are back open at this time. Charges in this case are pending, and the investigation ongoing.
Katherin Elam, the president of Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia, knew Orr personally. She says he had served five years on the board and was the chair-elect.
“[The collision] was merely five blocks away – we heard the ambulances and we heard the police cars going,” she said.
She says she was stunned by the news and even called Roanoke Gas Company, his longtime employer, to make sure she wasn’t mistaken.
“I didn’t want to believe it was him,” she said.
Elam describes Orr as “genuine,” “thoughtful,” and “honest;” that he embraced education; and took opportunities to mentor, like coaching softball.
“What you saw is what you got, but he really cared about people and making sure that he did his part to make them the best they could be,” she said.
Elam says Orr leaves behind three children he adored, ranging from just starting middle school to a recent college graduate.
She says his devotion to his family shone through at his funeral, where his wife of more than 20 years was the first to speak.
“He was quite the father and quite the husband, in terms of that. That was demonstrated more than anything else,” she said.