State Police Investigate Fatal Accident near Melfa

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Staff Report —

Virginia State Police were called Jan. 9, around 9:50 p.m., to investigate a two-vehicle crash that resulted in a single fatality.

The crash occurred on Route 718 (Savageville Road), south of Route 639 (Dogwood Drive), in Melfa.

Preliminary investigations reveal that the driver of a 1988 Chevrolet Silverado, 32-year-old John Higgins, was traveling northbound on Route 718 when he collided with a 2010 Ford Focus that was traveling southbound on Route 718. The driver of the Ford, 19-year-old Julio Meneses Vazquez, died upon impact. Higgins suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.

The crash is still under investigation and it is unknown at this time if speed and alcohol were contributing factors.

Next of kin has been notified for Vazquez, of the 20500 block of Market Street, Onancock.