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The wife of a longtime officer was killed; that officer remains in intensive care.
STEVE HARDY | The (Lynchburg) News & Advance
One person is dead and another seriously injured after a Thursday evening wreck in Forest involving three vehicles, police said.
Friday, November 1, 2013
The Lynchburg Police Department is feeling the impact of a fatal Thursday evening wreck in Forest.
Herbert and Sandra Duff of Lynchburg were taken to the hospital following a three-car crash at the intersection of Graves Mill Road and Gristmill Drive, said Sgt. Bob Carpentieri, of the Virginia State Police.
Sandra Duff, 70, died at Lynchburg General Hospital about an hour after her arrival from injuries sustained in the crash, Carpentieri said. On Friday morning, Herbert Duff remained in the intensive care unit, a hospital representative said.
“The Duff family has been tied to the department for a long time,” Lynchburg Police Chief Col. Parks Snead said. “This is a tragedy. There’s no other word for it.”
Herbert Duff began his career with the Lynchburg Police Department in 1964. For the next 30 years, he served on patrol, as a supervisor in the animal control unit and in several other positions.
“It was quite a career,” Snead said. “It was a career that reached out and assisted many people.”
Along the way, Herbert Duff mentored many young police officers, including Snead when he arrived at the department in 1984.
“He made the police officers who run LPD today,” Snead said. “He is just one of those mentoring people. He is an experienced man and a man of character.”
Snead said he had met Sandra Duff several times and described her as a “gracious and charming person.”
In 1993, Herbert Duff decided to retire. That year, his son, Wayne, joined the department.
“They’re both very proud that they could serve,” Snead said.
About 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Herbert and Sandra Duff were traveling west on Graves Mill Road in a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck when Herbert Duff attempted to turn left onto Gristmill Drive, Carpentieri said.
In the opposite direction, 29-year-old Christopher Pruett of Lynchburg drove at “a high rate of speed,” in a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500, Carpentieri said.
Pruett entered the intersection, Carpentieri said, and struck the passenger side of the Duffs’ truck. That truck overturned, sliding into a nearby Nissan Sentra and halting traffic for several hours Thursday night.
Carpentieri said Friday afternoon no charges have yet been filed in the crash.
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