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Friends remember Bumpass man killed in two-car collision

Posted on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

fatal crashTwo months ago, Michael Phillips celebrated one of the biggest moments of his young life when he graduated from Louisa County High School on  May 23. The 18-year-old was killed in a car accident on Aug. 12 in Bumpass.

According to Virginia State Police, Phillips was traveling north on Belle Meade Road when his 2007 Hyundai Elantra crossed over into the opposite lane and hit another driver head-on.

Sara D. Thaw, 28 of Bumpass, was driving her 2005 Volvo when the accident happened. Thaw, along with a one-year-old male child, was airlifted to University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville via Pegasus with serious injuries and is still recovering as of press time.

The child was not injured and was properly restrained. Phillips and Thaw were wearing seat belts.

Senior Trooper F.B. Ross of the Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction team investigated the accident and ruled that speed was a factor.

Sgt. Stephan M. Vick estimated that Phillip’s car was traveling in “excess of 75 miles-per-hour” during the time of the crash. The posted speed limit on the road is 55.

A vigil was held Sunday, Aug. 16 at the track located just outside the high school for friends and classmates to remember Phillips.

Chris Tomasello, one of Phillip’s best friends, has fond memories of his childhood pal.

“Michael was really an awesome guy,” Tomasello said. “He was always smiling and happy to see everyone.”

Read full story in the August 20, 2014 issue of The Central Virginian