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State police investigate fatal crash in Bedford Co.

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UPDATE: This story has been updated to correct information about the crash victim. James Gunter was a passenger, not the driver. Additionally, State Police says that the driver of the car was charged with DUI. They have identified him as Steve Malotey Oulds III, age 52, of Lynchburg.

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The Virginia State Police continue to investigate a fatal traffic crash that happened Sunday evening around 5:30 p.m. on Route 501.

The crash happened about one and a half miles south of Route 651 in Bedford County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1994 Mercedes Benz E420 was traveling northbound on Route 501 when it ran off the right side of the road, hitting a guard rail before overturning.

The passenger James Dale Gunter, 53, of Lynchburg, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further details are available at this time.


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