Laura Schnetzler Killed After Plank Road Accident

January 9, 2012 - The Virginia State Police has indicated that a local woman apparently overturned her 1994 Nissan Pathfinder and ended up in a creek off Plank Road (Rte. 610), just north of Route 682 early Monday morning (about 10 a.m).

A passing motorist noticed the overturned vehicle and alerted nearby neighbors, but the victim allegedly was trapped in her SUV.

Apparently, the victim had been heading in a northbound direction, but ran off the side of the roadway, and into a creek upside down. Vegetation and a steep bank made discovery of the vehicle difficult.

The victim has been identified as Laura Schnetzler, 55, of Natural Bridge. She was pronounced dead at the scene. She was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

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