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Chesterfield police: Speed a factor in deadly Branders Bridge Road crash

One person was killed in the crash on Branders Bridge Road. (Source: NBC12) One person was killed in the crash on Branders Bridge Road. (Source: NBC12)
Jeffrey Anthony Jr. (Source: Family photo) Jeffrey Anthony Jr. (Source: Family photo)

Chesterfield police say speed was a factor in Thursday night’s deadly crash on Branders Bridge Road that took the life of a young father. Jeffery Anthony, 26, was killed in the two-car collision after police say he swerved into an oncoming car in the 17300 block of Branders Bridge Road.

Detectives also say Anthony and his two passengers were not wearing seatbelts.

The two passengers and the driver of the other car were rushed to the hospital. One of those victims is still battling life threatening injuries.

Anthony leaves behind two little girls, according to the aunt of the children, Sarah Gurganus. Gurganus is sisters with the children’s mother.

"He did love those girls," said Gurganus.

Gurganus says her sister is now grieving the loss of the love of her life and a central figure of their family.

"It's going to be hard for her to get over this because Jeffrey was a big part of her life... part of all of our lives... for so long," she continued.

The force of the crash was strong enough to take out a brick wall. Branders Bridge Road is known for its winding turns, single lanes, and very minimal shoulder room. In the last four years, four people have died in accidents along Branders Bridge Road, according to DMV records. County officials say three of those accidents were alcohol related. Since 2011, there have been more than 200 crashes, and 112 people injured in vehicle accidents.

Just three houses down from the crash Thursday night, a wooden cross stands in memory of another young man who lost his life along the stretch.

"The road is horrible," said Mary Gafford, who was lived along Branders Bridge Road for 17 years. Gafford remembers the night another young man lost his life to a crash, in her front yard.

“All these curves up here, and people never pay attention,” continued Gafford.

Jeffery's family has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to help pay for the funeral.

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