State police have released the name of the man who was killed when his car crashed into the James River Sunday evening. The wreck happened just before 7pm on River Road in Amherst County. Police say a car driven by 30-year-old Thorn J. Whittaker of Madison Heights ran off the left side of the road, struck a tree and went into the James River. The vehicle was pulled from the water at approximately 8:52 p.m. Police say Whittaker died at the scene.
Virginia State Police Trooper M.L. Gardner III is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Amherst County. The crash occurred at approximately 6:49 p.m. on Sunday (June 20) in the 500 block of River Road.
A 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier was traveling on River Road when it ran off the left side of the road, struck a tree and went into the James River. The vehicle was pulled from the water at approximately 8:52 p.m.
The driver, Thorn J. Whittaker, 30, of Madison Heights, Va., died at the scene.
The crash remains under investigation.