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CCSO ask VSP to assist in investigation of a fatal car chase and crash

Used with permission of Clarke County Sheriff Travis Sumption

Clarke County Sheriff Travis Sumption confirmed by email that Virginia State Police (VSP) are assisting in an investigation of a fatal car chase and crash.

On the evening of June 24 a Clarke County Deputy using radar clocked a driver going 82 in a 55 mile per hour zone at the intersection of Harry Byrd Highway and Bee Lane.

The Deputy initiated a traffic stop which was ignored by the driver and he turned onto Kimble Road.

The driver rode through a stop sign with disregard and speeds reached up to 115 miles per hour at one point.

The pursuit lasted less than two minutes and ended with the suspect’s Hyundai Sonata crashing on Kimble Road.

Clarke County Sheriff’s Office requested that VSP continue the investigation.

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) will also perform an internal investigation.

An internal investigation is standard procedure for all pursuits involving the Sheriff’s Office.

VSP Public Information Officer Brent Coffey confirmed by email that the crash occurred at approximately 9:50 p.m. June 24.

The VSP investigation identified the driver as 21-year-old Zachery W. Smallwood of Berryville.

It is evident that Smallwood lost control around a curve left and the road.

During the event the car struck several trees and came to rest after striking a power pole guide wire.

Smallwood was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle and perished at the scene.

Speed was likely the cause of the vehicle leaving the road.

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