UPDATE: Police investigate deadly early morning accident

By Gene Petriello - bio | email | facebook

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - An early morning accident in Henrico's West End has left one man dead.

Police say that 25-year old Brence Prunty was killed Wednesday morning around 4:20 a.m. along Glenside Drive South near Forest Avenue. Prunty's car hit a fire hydrant, flipped and landed on the fence in someone's front yard. He was the driver and sole occupant, and died at the scene. Police announced Thursday that alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.

Police say that the problem may be the curve near the scene of the accident. That is where neighbors say something needs to be done to fix the common problem in the area: numerous accidents.

A tragic scene, as our camera saw the windshield of the car involved, completely shattered. The impact of the deadly accident even woke some neighbors up. "All this screeching and just bang bang bang bang. And, I don't remember hearing any brakes," says Tina Shook.

Mae Callaham is just glad the car, didn't end up in her home. "Sure, I'm lucky. I'm just thankful the good Lord looks after me when I go to bed at night."

Callaham says, this is not the first time there's been an accident in front of her home. In fact, this won't be the first time her fence will have to be replaced. "New fence. This is the second time. That wall (in front of her home) has been knocked down 10 times. One time a brick was actually on top of the house."

Neighbors were shocked to hear the driver died, but were not surprised to see yet another accident here. "Pretty much there's an accident across the street all the time," says Dora Guth.

"I just wish they put up a guard rail or something up here because too many people have been killed," said Tina Shook.

"If they put up a flashing light maybe that will wake them up," adds Callaham.

The speed limit in the area of the accident on Glenside Drive is 35 miles per hour.

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