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Virginia State Police seeking public’s help locating driver of vehicle

Virginia State Police Trooper M.G. Mays is seeking the public’s assistance with locating the driver and vehicle that caused  a Henry County Sheriff’s Office vehicle to crash in May. Anyone with information is encouraged to call state police at 540-375-9500 or contact us by email at

The crash occurred Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 3:15 p.m. on A.L. Philpott Highway, approximately 200 feet east of Sugar Tree Road in the Henry County community of Axton.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Investigator, T.W. Farmer, 52, of Martinsville, Va., was traveling in an unmarked 2015 Ford Taurus. The Taurus was westbound in the right lane on A.L. Philpott Highway, when a vehicle in the left lane made a sudden lane change to the right lane. Farmer swerved to avoid striking the oncoming vehicle. The Taurus ended up running off the right side of the highway, striking several signs and then struck an embankment.

Meanwhile, the other vehicle, which never made contact with the Taurus, continued west on Philpott Highway. Based on witness statements, the other vehicle is consistently described as a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck. 

Farmer was transported to a nearby hospital and is still recovering from serious injuries sustained in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt. His vehicle did not have any emergency equipment activated at the time of the crash; instead, it was traveling with traffic at the posted 60 mph speed limit.

State police are hoping to locate the driver of the silver F-150 as part of its ongoing investigation into the crash of the Taurus.