Two men died in a single-vehicle accident Aug. 29 on the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, according to a National Park Service news release.
Parkway communications received a report at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 of a single-vehicle accident near Milepost 105, on the parkway near Roanoke, Virginia.
According to the release, preliminary investigations found that a southbound vehicle “traveling at a high rate of speed lost control and rolled, ejecting three occupants who were not wearing seatbelts.”
Two men were killed and others injured in a Blue Ridge Parkway accident Aug. 29, 2020. (Photo: Angeli Wright/[email protected])
One passenger, Jiuver Espinoza-Regalado, 19, of Honduras, died on the scene and two other passengers were transported with life-threatening injuries to a local hospital.
One of those passengers, Christhian Sapil-Canales, 22, of Honduras, later died from his injuries. The driver, who was wearing his seatbelt, received minor injuries.
Multiple charges are pending against the driver. The third passenger is stable but remains in critical condition, according to the release.
The investigation is ongoing.
Parkway spokeswoman Caitlin Worth said these are the ninth and 10th fatalities on the parkway this year. The 469-mile scenic roadway runs from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, through Asheville, and ends at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee.
Karen Chávez is an award-winning outdoors and environment reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times and USA TODAY Network. She is the author of “Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina,” and is a former National Park Service ranger.
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