It's Not a Race

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

Thursday night’s Verona accident is not being ruled a drag race. Three factors need to be met, and have recently been showing up in the valley.

"We have no evidence of a set starting, stopping or flagmen involved," says Sergeant Scott VanLear of the Virginia State Police.

That's why Thursday night's crash in the Verona area is not being ruled a drag race.

"Under the law I can't use the term racing," says VanLear. "We can say one was trying to get to point a faster than the other and most everyone can draw the conclusion as to what they would say, but as a representative of law enforcement I can't say they were racing."

They were speeding, as 19 year-old Brandon Atkins and another car were heading west bound on Route 612. Something, Virginia State Police say does show up from time to time.

"Recently we've been getting more and more reports of mostly younger people driving at high rates of speed with another car," says VanLear.

Troopers say racing is a cyclical problem, not a persistent one but it can cost you a lot. Violators face up to $2,500 in fines, a year in jail and forfeit of their car. Atkins faces charges of reckless driving.

Authorities are still working leads to find the other car that left the scene.

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