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Police report 3 traffic fatalities in 3 days in Nelson County
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Police report 3 traffic fatalities in 3 days in Nelson County

Virginia State Police reported three traffic fatalities in three days in Nelson County.

On Monday, Andre P. Derdeyn, 84, of Lovingston, died after he was struck by a Ford F-150 driven by Michael R. Doucette, 66, of Lynchburg, according to a news release from Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller.

The truck was traveling west on Brookside Lane, turning left onto Front Street in Lovingston, around 3:35 p.m. when the incident occurred, police said.

Doucette will not face any charges. His truck was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian, and sun glare was a contributing factor in the crash, according to Geller. She said the truck was traveling at 17 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Doucette, a former Lynchburg commonwealth's attorney, became a circuit court judge in May of last year and has mainly presided over cases in Nelson County.

He was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured, the release states.

Reached Tuesday, Doucette provided the following statement: "I hope God provides His merciful comfort and solace to Mr. Derdeyn’s loved ones during their time of grief."

Separately, Emmagene M. Olah, 80, of Shipman, died Saturday after a crash that began when a tree fell onto her vehicle, police said.

She was driving a 2014 Toyota Camry east on Virginia 56, about a half-mile east of Eagle Mountain Road, when the tree hit the car. The car then ran off the right side of the road, hit an embankment and overturned.

Police responded to the scene at 11:42 a.m. Saturday.

Olah, who was wearing her seatbelt, died at the scene, police said.

Also Monday, state police responded at 7:56 a.m. to a two-vehicle crash where a Toyota Avalon and a Ford F-450 collided on Craigtown Road near Dowdy Lane.

The driver of the Toyota, Boddie R. Williams, 33, of Shipman, died at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Ford, Adelson O. Arriaza Morales, 25, of Chesterfield, West Virginia, was not injured in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The Ford was in the process of turning left onto Dowdy Lane when it was struck in the front driver's side by the Toyota, according to police. The Toyota had just crested the hill prior to striking the Ford.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending, police said.

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