McKenney, VA Auto Crashes Into Tree, Apr 1966


McKenney, Va. (AP) - ROBERT SHEPPARD, 15, had no driver's license with him. He was carrying, in fact, a warrant issued in March, charging him with driving without a license.
When he spotted the red flashing light of a state police car, he stepped hard on the accelerator of the 1955-model car.
A mile down Highway 665 in this remote southside Virginia area, ROBERT SHEPPARD'S car failed to make a curve and hit a tree. He and six other persons in the car were killed, another was critically injured. The state trooper, C. W. Weaver, estimated that the car was traveling about 90 miles an hour when it crashed.
It happened about 1 a.m. Saturday, 11 miles east of McKenney and a few miles from the area in Dinwiddie and Sussex Counties where all of the victims lived.
Trooper Weaver said the SHEPPARD car was stopped when he approached it to make a routine check. He said it had turned too wide going onto 665 from Virginia 40 and had to back up.
The other victims, all from Stony Creek, were identified as LARNEY PERNELL SILLS, in his 40's, father of 10; BEVERLY SILLS, 14, one of his daughters; MRS. RUBY GLENISE JONES, 26, mother of eight; LEE LAWRENCE SCOTT, 19; PAUL HAYWOOD BELLAMY, 20; and CLYDE TRUMAN PARHAM, 18.
Listed in critical condition in a Richmond hospital was ROY BELLAMY, 19, of the same area.

Albuquerque Journal New Mexico 1966-04-24