Wednesday, October 17, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Vinton teenager was killed early Sunday morning in Boones Mill when the vehicle in which she was riding ran off the road and struck a tree.
Hannah Marie Long, 15, a front-seat passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sgt. Rob Carpentieri with the Virginia State Police. She was not wearing a seat belt.
The fatal accident occurred when Rufus Arthur McGill II, 19, of Roanoke was traveling east on Bethlehem Road in a 2005 Cadillac CTS and the car ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree, Carpentieri said.
McGill, who was not wearing a seat belt, was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition, according to Carilion spokesman Eric Earnhart.
Four other passengers, ranging in age from 19 to 20, were also transported to Roanoke Memorial for non-lifethreatening injuries.
The crash occurred about 3:30 a.m. Sunday on Route 739 (Bethlehem Road), one mile west of Route 643.