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Posted on: September 26, 2019

[ARCHIVED] 09-26-2019 Danville Police Department is investigating a fatal traffic crash


A Pittsylvania County woman has died as a result of injuries she suffered in a traffic crash earlier this week.

At midnight on Sept. 22, police and EMS responded to a 911 call for a single-vehicle crash in the 1100 block of Piney Forest Road. The driver and passenger were transported by ambulance to SOVAH Health-Danville and later to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The passenger, 26- year-old Tyana L. Lanier, died at the hospital on the night of Sept. 24.

Investigators and crime scene personnel examined the scene and conducted witness interviews. The evidence indicated a Chevrolet Sonic was traveling south on Piney Forest Road when it struck a utility pole. The circumstances of the crash are still under investigation. No charges have been made at this time.

We are asking anyone with further information to contact us at 434-799-6508 or by going to

We would like to thank the Virginia State Police for their assistance in this investigation.

Anytime there is a loss of life it is a tragedy for our community. This is the second traffic-related fatality in Danville this year and both have occurred within a short time period. The Danville Police Department is committed to traffic safety and enforcement. Please do not drive drowsy, avoid distractions while driving, and always wear your seat belt.

Contact: Lt. Richard Chivvis

Public Information Officer

O-434-799-6520 Opt. 2

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