Authorities seek clues to teen's death

Billy Lee Maxwell III. Courtesy: family friend
Billy Lee Maxwell III. Courtesy: family friend

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Goochland Sheriff James Agnew doesn't have many clues as to exactly how 17-year old Billy Lee Maxwell III died.

"We are virtually going to be handicapped with no information until someone does come forward," he said.

Friends tell us Maxwell was with them at a party earlier Friday night.

When one friend wanted to leave, Maxwell said he'd get a different ride home.

Investigators can track his whereabouts until just before 2:00 a.m.

What happened in the hour in between then and when a newspaper carrier reported a body lying in the road at 3:00 a.m. is unknown to investigators.

At the time of night Maxwell was here, this area would have been pitch black.

There are no lights and very few buildings and homes, making it difficult to see anything on the road. Many questions remain. Sheriff Agnew doesn't know how Maxwell's body got there, if he was somehow lying in the road and a car ran over him or if there was some sort of hit and run accident.

The State Police crash team found very little evidence of an actual collision.

They can't even say what kind of vehicle was involved.

According to resident John Stanley, drivers frequently speed down this isolated stretch of road.

Around 2:45 a.m., he heard what he thought was a car hitting an animal.

He says the aftermath of this incident is something he'll never forget.

"The boy was mangled pretty good," Stanley said. "I mean it was hard to look at."

The 17-year-old died after emergency crews arrived on scene.

It could be months before the medical examiner's office releases a toxicology report on what, if anything was in Maxwell's system when he died.

We reached out to Maxwell's family but they are not ready to talk to us at this point.

Police are hoping to speak to any friends or witnesses who were in the area of Broad Street road between Oilville and Maidens Road from 1:30 to 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

Call 556-5349 with any tips.

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