Richmond County buggy crash case continued

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The case involving Tracy Levonne Churchill, the driver charged in the October 18th buggy crash in Richmond County, has been continued until March 11.

During the incident, a horse-drawn buggy was reportedly rear-ended by a Jeep Cherokee near Folly Neck Rd., according to information from the Virginia State Police (VSP).

Two occupants in the buggy were thrown out and suffered severe injuries. Two helicopters were called out to respond to the scene, and the Emmerton residents were taken to a trauma center. They both survived. The horse was euthanized at the scene due to the extent of its injuries, the VSP statement revealed.

VSP confirmed that the buggy was properly equipped with lights and had a placard indicating it was a slow-moving vehicle as required by Virginia law.

Churchill, listed as a resident of Farnham, was driving the Jeep that was involved, VSP's statement said. And he was hit with three charges, which include reckless driving endangering life, limb or property, improper lane change, and driving without an operator's permit or insurance.

He was scheduled to appear in Richmond County General District Court today, January 7, 2022, at 9 a.m. for a hearing, but the case was pushed off for nearly three months, the online court case system shows.

At the November 2021 Richmond County Board of Supervisors meeting, county administrator R. Morgan Quicke said this type of accident was a first for the county. In addition to local first responders, he said representatives from the Virginia Department of Transportation also came to the scene.

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