South Boston man injured in Drakes accident

Published 5:50 pm Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A 29-year-old South Boston man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident in Drakes Branch late Monday night.

Matthew Coriell, of South Boston, was transported to MCV by a Medflight helicopter after crashing a 1998 Dodge Stratus owned by Patty Sue Callaham on Route 47, about one mile north of Route 59, at about 11 p.m.

State Police say his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, striking three box trailers and a utility pole.

Coriell continued driving the vehicle across the road on a power line before coming to a stop, according to police.

The driver allegedly left the scene of the accident.

Trooper D.A. Thompson said he was notified of the incident at around 8:30 a.m. the following day. Coriell was later located at a residence on Drakes Main Street.

The Charlotte County Rescue Squad, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department, Virginia State Police and Drakes Branch First Response Team responded to the residence where Coriell was found, police said.

Charges are pending, police said.