Two brothers suffered serious injuries after their maroon 2001 Corvette coupe went airborne and struck several trees in a small Virginia community on Saturday.
The one-vehicle crash happened on River Road, just west of State Route 961 in the Paces community in Halifax County.
A witness said the Corvette soared into the air before landing in trees on the right side of the road. Virginia State Trooper D.N. Clark blamed the accident on speed, calling it “a really, really big factor.”
Clark said the Corvette crossed a double solid line before overcorrecting and running off the road.
The crash ended with the two brothers trapped in the Corvette, and they had to be extricated by rescue workers before being carried to a pair of Duke helicopters that had landed at a nearby ball field.
Despite wearing their seatbelts, the two brothers were both seriously injured. Authorities said the passenger, 18-year-old William E. Perdue, suffered more serious injuries than his brother who was driving, Jason F. Perdue, 23.
Charges are pending, the trooper said.
The crash basically totaled the Corvette, which suffered extensive damage, losing all body panels off the front end. Clark estimated the damage at $20,000, but a quick search on Auto Trader showed similar cars selling for anywhere from $8,995 to $22,000 (for a 9,000-mile car).
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