From the Lynchburg Police Department: On July 20, 2016 at approximately 1515 hours the Lynchburg Police department responded to 203 Rowland Drive in reference to a possible electrocution incident. When Officers arrived on the scene they discovered two white male adults unresponsive and not breathing in the yard beside 203 Rowland Drive. LFD responded as well and declared the victims deceased. Upon speaking to several witnesses it was determined that the two W/M victims were doing maintenance work on a chimney at 203 Rowland Drive address. Preliminary investigation revealed that the two victims attempted to erect an extension ladder against the chimney at 203 Rowland Drive when the ladder came in contact with a high voltage primary powerline running between the two properties. The two victims appear to have been electrocuted and died at the scene. AEP and OSHA representatives responded and are currently investigating the incident as well.
The two victims are father and son and were identified as:
*Timothy Lee Chittum Sr. age 55 of Lynchburg VA
*Timothy Lee Chittum Jr. age 26 of Lynchburg VA
The victims have been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy and confirmation on the cause of death.
The Investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Det. T.C. Barley at 434-455-6162 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.