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A Young Couple Dedicated to Cheerleading Die in Single Car Crash on I-64 in Norfolk, Virginia (VA)

According to an article in the Virginian Pilot, a young couple killed Monday night, January 5, 2008, in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 were dedicated cheerleaders pursuing a future in the sport.  Jimmy Arness Roberson, Jr., 20, and Breanne Candera Mahon, 18, died when the car they were in hit a guardrail, went off the road and hit a tree.  Roberson lived in the 5000 block of Shinfield Drive and Mahon lived in the 1000 block of Tennyson Road. 


More than 100 people attended a candlelight vigil Tuesday night at Fame All Stars gym in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), where the couple was coached by Dywon Fisher.  “They both always had a smile on their face,” said Dywon Fisher.  “Roberson, who went by “Jay,” had just finished his first semester at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas, where he had received a cheerleading scholarship,” Fisher said.  “Mahon had been accepted to Virginia Tech and hoped to make the cheerleading team there,” he said.  The people at the gym, and people across the country who knew Roberson and Mahon through competitions, were devastated.


Investigators said they are not sure why the Acura hit a guardrail on the left side of I-64 near Tidewater Drive in Norfolk, Virginia (VA).  “However, alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash,” said Sgt. Michelle Cotton of the Virginia State Police.  It could not be determined whether the two were wearing seat belts.

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