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Woman dies in crash near Christiansburg

Woman dies in crash near Christiansburg


A woman was killed and a man injured Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in Montgomery County.

Mercedes Diane Scales, 24, of Falls Church, died after the vehicle in which she was a passenger ran off Ellett Road, went over a steep embankment and hit a tree, according to a news release issued Monday by the county sheriff’s office.

The driver of the 2017 Nissan Rogue, Preston Conner Jones, also 24, of Peterstown, West Virginia, was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, the news release said.

Jones was charged with driving under the influence, the news release said.

The wreck occurred just after 6 a.m. in the 1500 block of Ellett Road, about one mile outside of Christiansburg. Scales is a former Christiansburg resident, the sheriff’s office said.

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Montgomery County prosecutors last week dropped a drunken driving charge against Preston Conner Jones, 24, of Blacksburg, saying they would instead pursue a charge of aggravated involuntary manslaughter tied to his role in a fatal June 7 crash. The single-vehicle accident killed Mercedes Diane Scales, also 24, a former Christiansburg resident who had a Falls Church address at the time of her death.

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