Ohio man killed in U.S. 58 wreck

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Despite rain, state police say weather wasn't to blame for fatality

HILLSVILLE — An Auburn Township, Ohio, man died in a head-on crash Sunday at 6 p.m. on U.S. 58, just east of the Snake Creek bridge.
Virginia State Police identified the man as 62-year-old Mark C. Brostek, according to a report by Trooper Dean Horton.
Both the Laurel Fork and Hillsville fire departments were called to the scene to help with extrication of patients from the GMC Sierra driven by Brostek and the other vehicle involved, a Ford Econoline van driven by James A. Martin, 43, of Columbus, Ohio.
State police say the wreck occurred when the van, traveling west, crossed the center line and struck the GMC head-on.
The collision led to Brostek’s death, as well as injuries to three minors in the van, who were taken for treatment at Twin County Regional Hospital, Horton said. Martin and passenger Beverly Martin were both taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment.
It was raining at the time of the accident, but because of witness accounts given to Horton that described the van drifting across the center line, the trooper doesn’t think that rain was a cause. There was no indication of the vehicle skidding or hydroplaning out of control.
Charges are pending and the investigation continues.
Horton understands from a passenger that Brosteck’s destination for the evening was Danville, as he was taking the scenic route on a trip to Florida. The Martin vehicle was headed back home to Ohio after a visit in Danville.
Emergency crews from Carroll Fire Rescue and Laurel Fork Rescue Squad assisted at the scene.