Virginia State Police on Wednesday updated their investigation of the Thursday, Dec. 22, crash that claimed the lives of two Halifax County High Schools juniors and injured a third identifying the driver of the 2008 Honda Civic as Casey N. Pulliam.
Pulliam, one of the 16-year-old girls who died that night, was behind the wheel when the vehicle ran off Bethel Road, less than a mile east of State Route 626 in Halifax County, according to Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne N. Geller.
State Police also have confirmed that excessive speed was a factor in the mishap, Geller said.
“Based on the extensive investigation conducted by Virginia State Police Trooper J. A. Williamson into the Dec. 22 fatal crash in Halifax County, the driver of the 2008 Honda Civic has been identified as Casey N. Pulliam,” stated the updated VSP release.
The crash occurred at 10:47 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22, on Bethel Road near the town of Halifax.
The Honda was traveling west on Bethel Road when it ran off the right side of the road and struck the guardrail. The vehicle continued and then struck several trees. All three occupants were ejected from the car.
Pulliam and 16-year-old Olivia G. Noblin of Scottsburg died at the scene.
A third occupant, 16-year-old Joseph Myers of Scottsburg, was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
He was then transported to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, where he was treated and later released.