VSP: Bristol, Tenn. man killed in Washington County, Va. crash while standing next to vehicle

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SOUTHWEST Virginia (WJHL)- UPDATE: Virginia State Police have identified the driver of a pickup truck killed in a Washington County crash on Sunday.

According to a release from VSP, the crash occurred around 5:40 p.m. on Lee Highway just south of Halls Bottom Road.

VSP reports the 1990 Ford Ranger truck ran out of gas as it was traveling south on Lee Highway.

The truck parked off the right side of the road with part of the vehicle protruding into the lane.

The driver, Kenneth Tester, 54, of Bristol, Tennessee, returned to the pickup truck later and was standing next to it when a Saturn Vue hit him.

Tester died at the scene, according to VSP. The release says he was not wearing any reflective clothing, but the truck’s hazard lights were flashing when he was hit.

The driver of the Saturn was identified as a 33-year-old Bristol, Virginia man. He was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Officials with Virginia State Police said they are investigating two separate fatal crashes that happened in Southwest Virginia Sunday.

The first crash happened in Smyth County along Route 672 near Route 601 just after 9 a.m.

VSP officials report a pickup truck traveling west ran off of the road and into a creek.

The male driver, who has not been identified by authorities, did not survive the crash, according to VSP.

The second crash under investigation happened in Washington County on Sunday evening at 5:41 p.m. along Route 11 near Industrial Park Road.

According to VSP officials, “A pickup truck was stopped off on the side of Route 11 near Industrial Park Road. The male driver of the pickup was outside and next to the vehicle when struck by an SUV. “

VSP reported the driver, who has not yet been identified by authorities, died at the scene.

Both crashes are under investigation, according to VSP.

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