LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A teenager is dead and four are in the hospital after police say they were in an SUV that crashed and caught fire in Louisa County.
According to Virginia State Police, on the night of Friday, Feb. 24, a 2006 Pontiac Torrent was heading south on Bibb Store Road about .6 miles south of Goldmine Road when it crested a hill at a high rate of speed. The driver overcorrected and the SUV ran off the roadway, hitting two trees and catching fire.
Five teens between the ages of 16 and 17 were in the SUV at the time of the crash. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other four, including the driver, were taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, alcohol is not believed to be involved.
In a Facebook post on Saturday evening, the Louisa County Government Facebook page confirmed that the five teens involved in the crash were students at Louisa County High School.
“Last night’s tragic accident involving five Louisa County High School students is weighing heavily on hearts across the area,” the post read. “As members of the community and those serving the community, the Louisa County Board of Supervisors and the County staff are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. Our condolences go out to the family, friends and neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the other students as they recover. We stand as one family with Louisa County Public Schools.”
Louisa County Public Schools made a Facebook post on Sunday, Feb. 26, which named the deceased victim as Louisa County High School student Chase Luck.
“We are absolutely heartbroken over the loss of one of our beloved LCHS Lions, Chase Luck, and we continue to pray for healing for the other four students involved in Friday night’s accident,” Louisa County Public Schools wrote on Facebook on Sunday, Feb. 26. “The road ahead is certainly long and challenging for us all. Most of all, I ask this of you: pray that we honor Chase’s legacy by treating each other as he did: with kindness, respect, love, and joy.