An accident involving a pickup truck Friday June 18th claimed the life of a Berryville youth. At approximately 11:50PM a 1999 Dodge pickup truck traveling eastbound on Route 611 (Summit Point Rd) near Route 340 was involved in a single vehicle accident. Police spokesman Sgt. Tyler said the vehicle was being driven by a minor with three passengers in the cab of the vehicle and one passenger in the bed of the truck.
Police believe the driver was speeding through a turn in the road and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway, crashed into an embankment, struck a tree then rolled over. The passenger in the bed of the truck was ejected from the vehicle.
The driver and passengers were all taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment. The passenger who was ejected from the bed of the truck, 17 year old Aaron Benjamin Shirley, died at approx. 12:40 as a result of his injuries. A female passenger was later flown via MedEvac to Innova Fairfax for treatment.
The names of the driver and other passengers have not been released because they are all minors. Speed and alcohol were both factors in the incident. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper K.L. Meyers.