|Monday, May 03, 2010|
|Rollover kills young singer|
By Tony Gonzalez|
The News Virginian
SWOOPE – A Staunton man died early Sunday after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck that overturned on a winding dirt road, authorities said.
Danny Alphonso Brown, 20, suffered severe head trauma after Daniel Allen Wise, 20, of Swoope, smashed the pickup into an embankment at about 12:45 a.m., said Virginia State Police Trooper Robert Fedorchuk.
Wise overcorrected after driving his modified 1997 Toyota truck off the right side of Livick Road, Fedorchuk said. Brown was riding in the truck bed, the trooper said.
Rescuers rushed Brown in an ambulance for about one mile to reach a medical helicopter, waiting in a grassy field at the intersection of Eidsen Creek and Glebe School roads. He was pronounced dead before he could be moved to the helicopter, authorities said.
Fedorchuk charged Wise with reckless driving. The trooper estimated the truck’s speed at 35 mph, which he called “unsafe” by about 10 mph. He said alcohol did not factor into the crash, although Brown and a female passenger in the truck cab had been drinking.
Fedorchuk did not anticipate further charges.
Brown, a rising rapper, was remembered by a peer Sunday for his raw singing abilities.
“A damn good talent,” said Charles Perez, CEO of New York City-based Heavy Green Entertainment.
Read the full story at NewsVirginian.com.
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