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Single-vehicle accident claims life of teenager

A Christchurch School student was killed Friday night in a one-vehicle accident on Bluff Point Road about a half-mile west of Prentice Creek Road in Northumberland County.

Ryan Mitchell Wilcox, 17, of Kilmarnock was pronounced dead at the scene. Virginia State Police said the accident occurred around 9 p.m. A preliminary investigation by police found that Wilcox was traveling east on Bluff Point Road when he lost control of his 1998 GMC Sierra pickup and swerved off the road and hit a tree. He was not wearing a seatbelt, according to police. 

“The vehicle appeared to swerve to the right side of the road. It clipped a mailbox and then veered back across the roadway and went off the left side of the road and hit the tree,” said Trooper Troy Smith. 

The son of Kyle and Kenneth Bransford of Kilmarnock, Wilcox was a junior at Christchurch School in Christchurch.

The accident remains under investigation.

Mr. Wilcox’s obituary and photo appear here.

posted 12.18.2008

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