01 April 2011
The News Virginian

CRIMORA -- A Crimora man died during his morning commute to work Thursday after losing control of his car and slamming head-on into a pickup truck on U.S. 340, police said.

Virginia State Police said they’re still trying to learn what caused Austin Glenn Jerkins, 20, to swerve his 1995 Ford Escort wagon into oncoming traffic in the 3000 block of the two-lane highway.

“The Ford [Escort], for whatever reason, was losing control,” said state police Sgt. Frank Pyanoe. “At this point I’m estimating it was a high rate of speed.”

Signs posted along the damp stretch of road mark the speed limit at 55 mph.

Noticing the swerving Escort, Hatton Lamar Oly, 33, of Grottoes, slowed his 1998 Ford F-150 to avoid a collision, authorities said.

His efforts were in vain.

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