Update: Crash claims the life of Bedford Co. teen

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By Tom Wilmoth

Bedford County Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Edwards released the following statement:
"It is with tremendous sorrow that we confirm and mourn the death of Victoria Diehl, 10th grade student at Staunton River High School, in yesterday's vehicle crash in Campbell County. Victoria was an outstanding young lady and proud Golden Eagle. Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Victoria's family and friends.
In addition, Edwards stated that counselors will be on-hand at the school when classes resume next week for all grieving students and staff.

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Virginia State Police Trooper D.R. Skiff is investigating a single-vehicle crash in Campbell County. The crash occurred Tuesday (April 3) at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Route 29, less than a mile north of Hyland Drive and claimed the life of a Bedford County teen.

According to authorities, a Jeep Wrangler was traveling along Route 29 when it ran off the left side of the highway and into the median. There the Jeep struck a culvert and overturned at least three times. All four of the vehicle's occupants were ejected from the soft-top Jeep. Only one of the passengers was wearing a seat belt.

The driver, an 18-year-old male from Evington, Va., was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. An 18-year-old female passenger and two 16-year-old female passengers were also all transported to Lynchburg General Hospital. While at the hospital, one of the 16-year-old female passengers, from Bedford County, Va., later succumbed to her injuries. The driver and other two passengers are being treated for serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. Charges are pending at this time.