A southwest Virginia middle school is accepting donations for a family involved in a head-on crash that killed three people.
Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to Highway 11W in Rogersville Friday night at the intersection of West Main Street.
According to THP, 53-year-old David Kelley Junior was driving southbound when he crossed over the center lane, which is a continuous turn lane, and hit two cars – one of them head-on.
Three people in the car that was hit head-on died. A fourth person, who is a juvenile, was injured.
Five other people were also injured in the crash.
“The sad thing is, all three of the people that were killed were wearing seatbelts,” said Lt. Richard Garrison.
But he said unfortunately it didn’t make a difference.
“What a lot of people don’t realize, if one car is doing 55 and the other is doing 55, that’s a 110 mph crash head-on,” he said.
He said since December 2015, THP has worked crashes that have invovled 10 fatalities and 11 injuries just on this stretch of roadway alone.
“Those are any kind of crashes from crossing over and hitting another vehicle head-on on a five-lane highway or running off the roadway striking a guardrail or a culvert, or someone pulling out in front of somebody,” Garrison explained.
In Friday’s crash, 37-year-old Deborah Kimberlin, 67-year-old Jimmy Kimberlin, and 51-year-old Nancy Kimberlin died. The family is from Jonesville, Virginia.
“The whole community is saddened by the loss that this family has suffered,” said Jonesville Middle School Principal, Stacey Belcher.
She said the middle school has organized a fundraiser for their family through the end of the month.
“We are a very tight-knit community and we take pride in that in helping neighbors when they need assistance,” she said.
If you would like to make a donation, you can drop it off Monday – Thursday during office hours or mail it to 160 Bulldog Circle Jonesville, VA 24263.