Pennington Gap Man Indicted in Fatal Crash in Bell County

A Pennington Gap coal truck operator has been indicted on two counts of murder in a fatal Bell County crash that happened back in March.

A Bell County Grand Jury found that there was enough evidence to indict 42 year old Anthony Brewer of Pennington Gap, Virginia. They say Brewer was operating a coal truck when he crossed the center line of Highway 119 at Varilla Curve and sideswiped a pickup being operated by 47-year-old Tony Hatfield.

The truck overturned in the roadway.

Brewer continued traveling north on Highway 119 and struck a 2013 Nissan Maxima that was being driven by 31-year-old Lavonda Hensley from Coldiron. The coal truck came to a rest on the opposite shoulder of his direction of travel.

Hensley and her passenger, 64-year-old James Miracle of New Tazewell, died at the scene.

Brewer left the scene of the accident and was located at Harlan ARH. He was arrested at the hospital and blood samples were taken.

He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid, operating on a suspended or revoked commercial driver’s license, and operating a motor vehicle on a suspended driver’s license.

A lawsuit was filed in Bell County Circuit Court requesting compensation for the wrongful death of Lavonda Hensley. Brewer and Vernon Lamar II Trucking are named as the defendants.

Brewer is in the Bell County Detention Center on cash bonds totaling $550,000. 


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