VSP Updates Information On Water Recovery Fatalities Near Schuyler

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Photo via VSP : Crews continue searching the Rockfish River near Schuyler for victims of a fatal car incident where a vehicle went into the water. Wednesday - 12.28.22
Photo via VSP : Crews continue searching the Rockfish River near Schuyler for victims of a fatal car incident where a vehicle went into the water. Wednesday – 12.28.22

Near Schuyler
Bridgeport Lane and Johnson Hollow
Nelson County, Virginia

Virginia State Police has updated their information from the story we first broke in this post.

Below is their latest information.

“At 11:41 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 27), the Virginia State Police was alerted to a submerged vehicle in the Rockfish River near the intersection of Bridgeport Lane and Johnson Hollow in Nelson County. State police is still working to determine the exact date the vehicle was washed off the road.

At this point in the investigation, it appears that a 1997 Toyota 4Runner tried to cross the flooded Rockfish River at a low river crossing on Bridgeport Lane and was swept away by the strong current. The crossing is on private property.

Two individuals, an 11-year-old male and a 17-year-old male, were located deceased on the riverbank.

Once the vehicle was retrieved from the river, a 30-year-old male was found inside.

Photo Courtesy of VSP : Crews continue searching for two additional victims in the Rockfish River near Schuyler, Virginia. Wednesday 12.28.22

The VSP Search and Recovery Team, VSP Aviation Division, Virginia Department of Emergency Management search teams, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office continue to search for two more individuals believed to have been passengers in the vehicle.

None of the individuals were related. The three that have been recovered have been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for autopsy, examination and positive identification.

The incident remains under investigation.

We will not release the names until the ME has confirmed the identities and next of kin have been notified.

Corinne N. Geller
Public Relations Director
Virginia State Police”

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