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HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old Pulaski man will face a Carroll County grand jury on an involuntary manslaughter charge from a July 4 crash that killed a Hillsville man.
William Keith Lane appeared in Carroll General District Court last Tuesday for a scheduled preliminary hearing.
This stemmed from the wreck that killed Welcher Vaughn Dalton, 85, on U.S. 221 near the Virginia 638 intersection.
According to a Virginia State Police report, the accident occurred when Lane’s 2001 Ford Explorer crossed the center line there and struck Dalton’s vehicle, a 2008 Ford Fusion, head on.
Lane was charged with reckless driving and involuntary manslaughter after the investigation.
Lane waived his right to a preliminary hearing, which means the involuntary manslaughter charge will be taken up by the Carroll grand jury that meets Dec. 8, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Goad.
In return for waiving his preliminary hearing, Goad dropped the charge of reckless driving.