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Father's Day Weekend Tragedy

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Reporter: Parker Slaybaugh

Pamplin, VA - Three people are dead and two more are injured after a single vehicle accident Saturday around 10:30 p.m. in Pamplin.

State police say speed was a factor but alcohol was not.

Police say when they arrived at the scene, they found the bodies of 22-year-old Eric Wheeler of Lynchburg, 40-year old Auther Wheeler of Pamplin as well as 20-year-old Kevin Burrell of Richmond. 

Family says all of this is a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Family say a relative who happened to be passing through hit the men.

Courtney Wheeler was in a car merely feet behind the car that killed his father.

"All I heard was a 'boom' and that's all I heard. Then I saw my father fly across the street," Wheeler.

Wheeler says he cherishes a dollar bill his father gave him hours before the accident.

Corey Ligon says he was related to all three of the men killed. Two were his cousins and one his uncle.

"It's a lot of memories that I'm always going to keep in mind about them," said Ligon.

Family and friends gathered at the scene to comfort each other and much was the same Sunday morning.

Jennifer Wheeler's husband, Auther, was killed.  She returned to the scene Sunday to remember her husband, and says she still doesn't understand what happened.

"It's Karma I guess, it's just everybody's got a number and God called them home. They are in a better place," said Wheeler.

Wheeler says it's especially hard since it happened Father's Day weekend. Her husband was the father to 10 kids.

"They don't even want to think about Father's Day, because it took their daddy, they don't even want to think about it," said Wheeler.

"He told me he was going to take me riding today for father's day, he never made it. It's just one heck of a tragedy; one heck of a Father's day," said Bernard Walker, Kevin's Grandfather.

As for the 20-year-old driver of the car, State Police say charges are pending. She was taken to Southside Hospital in Farmville and was released Sunday morning.  She also had a female juvenile passenger who was taken to UVA Hospital for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. 

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