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Attorney is dead after traffic wreck

A prominent Roanoke lawyer was pronounced dead after a three-car wreck Sunday night on a narrow road north of Salem.

Richard Lee Lawrence, 74, a well-known criminal lawyer in Roanoke, was reported killed in a crash on U.S. Route 311. Police said his Jeep crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on. A vehicle following also was involved. Officers told WDBJ a woman in the car with Lawrence was taken to a hospital.

Police said they did not believe alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.

Lawrence is a former Roanoke City commonwealth’s attorney who earned a reputation in private practice as a skilled and tenacious criminal, traffic and divorce lawyer. The Roanoke Times has more on one of Roanoke’s most famous courtroom figures.

One comment

  1. Catherine Mitchell

    Sad news. It still doesn’t seem real.

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