Chase City man dies in Lunenburg crash
Virginia State Police Trooper S.C. Hudson is investigating a fatal crash in Lunenburg County. The crash occurred at 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, on Route 40 west of Route 635.
A 2006 Pontiac GTC was traveling along Route 40 when it collided with a 2001 Ford Taurus traveling in the opposite direction. The Pontiac then ran off the left side Route 40, struck a utility pole and then several trees.
The driver of the Pontiac, Joshua P. Smith, 32, of Chase City, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, where he died later that morning.
The female driver of the Ford Taurus was transported to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
According to a gofundme.com page set up to raise funds for his family, Josh “Moose” Smith was a husband, son, brother and friend to many, and his passions included racing, music and being a DJ. He also taught auto mechanics at Southside Virginia Community College and was a crew chief on two pit crews at a local race track.
“Josh was always willing to help anyone who needed it and was one of the most caring people on this earth,” the page reads. “Josh is gone way too soon, but God only takes the best ones, and he was absolutely the best. He leaves behind many family members and friends that will feel the void of his absence every day.”
Southside Virginia Community College released a statement on the deaths of Smith and Willie Crawley, a longtime Truck Driver Training Program instructor with the college who died early Monday in a Nottoway house fire.
Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC president, said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Josh Smith and Willie Crawley, two members of the Southside Virginia Community College team that died tragically this weekend. Josh was a valuable member of the SVCC team with a promising future at the college in the Automotive Program, and Willie was an integral part of our Truck Driver Training Program for many years.”
Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Career and Occupational Technology, said, “Josh’s easygoing attitude, professionalism and dedication to students will be sorely missed.”