One killed in single-car traffic crash

RICHMOND COUNTY—One person was killed Monday, January 23, when the car she was driving ran off the road and struck a tree.

The crash occurred at approximately 4:23 p.m. on Richmond Road west bound, 1½ miles east of Newbill Road in Richmond County.

Virginia State Police (VSP) Trooper E.D. Haynie is investigating the crash.

Police said a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero was traveling west on Route 360 when it ran off the road to the left and struck two trees. The driver, Gwendolyn M. Gaines, 79, of Callao died at the scene. She was wearing a seatbelt.

Speed is being considered a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation, reported VSP Sgt. Stephan Vick.