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P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Mechanic dies after altercation at go-kart track

Friday, August 29, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Collinsville man has died in a Roanoke hospital following a physical altercation with a driver at a go-kart track on Providence Church Road Saturday evening.

A verbal argument between mechanic Fred Baxter Lovette, 38, of Collinsville and an 18-year-old driver from Spencer escalated into a physical altercation, according to Lt. Justin Sigmon with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Lovette fell to the ground during the altercation and stopped breathing, Sigmon said. CPR was performed until paramedics arrived and transported Lovette to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Lovette's body has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

No charges have been filed at this time, Sigmon said. The investigation is ongoing so no further details are available, including possible charges.

Eyewitnesses to the altercation are asked to contact Investigator R.K. Toney at 483-3062.

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