Couple killed in Southampton County crash

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SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – A Southampton County couple died in a single-vehicle crash not far from their home Sunday evening.

Major Gene Drewery with the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened around 7 p.m. on Govern Darden Road near Courtland.

Drewery said a couple from Courtland were pronounced deceased at the scene. They have been identified as 51-year-old Richard Samuel Doughtie, and his wife, 54-year-old Eugenia.

The investigation revealed, Mr Doughtie was driving a 1987 Chevy pickup truck with his wife in the passenger seat when he lost control of the vehicle.

“Both were seat belted in the vehicle, and the vehicle was found upside down,” Drewery said. “The investigation revealed the vehicle ran off the right-hand side of the road. The driver went to correct, over-corrected, went across the right-hand side of the road and went into a tree.”

David Dillon, a family friend, told the couple were loving people: “They … just really had a great love for their family, would do anything for anybody.”

Dillon said Richard was a hard worked, earning a living for many years as a roofing contractor. Eugenie worked at a local healthcare facility.

“Genie was quiet, but very family oriented, really loved her kids, and recently had the birth of their first grandchild,” Dillon said.

Neighbor Gene Edwards said the paved two-lane road is narrow and has a lot of sharp curves: “I travel it often, but I’m aware you have to be careful. The other thing is there’s not much shoulder. If you run off the hard surface, you’re going to be in trouble. I understand that’s what happened. They over-corrected.”

He said the only thing on either side of the roadway is a deep ditch.

In addition to a grandchild, a friend says the couple leaves behind a grown son and daughter.

No further information has been released. Stay with for updates.


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