A car crash Tuesday afternoon in Rockingham County left one teenager dead and another in critical condition, according to First Sgt. Frank Pyanoe of state police.

Around 12:45 p.m., a 17-year-old girl from Dayton was driving east on Coopers Mountain Road when she lost control of the car, ran off the right side of the road and crashed into a tree on the passenger side, totaling the car, Pyanoe said. Police won’t release the name of the driver because she’s a minor.

Passenger Jackson Reel, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital and was later transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center. 

Both the driver and Jackson were wearing a seatbelt. 

State police are investigating the crash, but they say speed was a cause. Although former Hurricane Sandy had hit the East Coast by that time, weather wasn’t a factor, and the road was dry, Pyanoe said. He added that there were no signs of drug or alcohol use.


— staff report