Virginia’s traffic-related death toll rises amid numerous fatal crashes within days

Fatal crashes in Virginia are stacking up, and reports continue rolling in of the numerous deadly incidents that occurred in recent days.

As previously reported, on Sunday, two pedestrians were killed in separate incidents in Fairfax near the same exit.

Brunswick truck crash

VSP reported that, on Friday, around 9:30 a.m. 52-year-old John Oliver Harrison of Lawrenceville was headed north on Rt. 46 in Brunswick County. He was near Woodley Ave. in a tractor-trailer loaded with lumber.

Harrison reportedly ran off the road and struck a group of trees. The crash demolished the cab of the truck, and VSP said Harrison was killed upon impact.

VSP said there’s nothing to suggest that speed or alcohol was a factor.

Multiple incidents in VA Beach

Last Saturday, around 2:18 a.m., Virginia State Police was dispatched to respond to multiple crashes on both sides of I-264 in Virginia Beach.

VSP said their preliminary investigation found that a 2012 Hyundai Tucson was headed west on I-264 approaching Newtown Road. The driver was in the outside set of lanes.

A 23-year-old unidentified “Hispanic/Guatamalan” male ran across the travel lanes from the right shoulder and was hit by the Tucson first. Then, he was hit by a 2011 Toyota Avalon.

Simultaneously, multiple crashes occurred on the eastbound side of the highway.

With numerous crashes to address, VSP had to call in Virginia Beach Police Department to assist with investigation of the crashes on the eastbound side of the highway.

VSP said it remains unknown why the man ran into traffic.

Hampton one-car crash

Scene of Elantra crash in Hampton (Photo: VSP)

Sunday morning, around 11:20 a.m., Antoinette Mitchell was headed west on I-64 in Hampton. At McGruder Blvd., she lost control of her 2011 Hyundai Elantra, ran off the road, and crashed into the jersey wall.

Mitchell was wearing a seatbelt but died from her injuries at Riverside Regional Hospital.

She was carrying three passengers, but only once suffered injuries, which were minor, according to VSP.

Alcohol and speed were not factors in this crash, VSP reported.

Double-fatality in Spotsy

This afternoon, VSP reported that the week started with tragedy.

On Monday morning, there was a single-vehicle crash in Spotsylvania after the 7 o’clock hour.

Henry L. Minor of Fredericksburg was driving a 2023 Jeep Compass headed east on Route 636. VSP said he ran across a double solid yellow, went off the left side of the road, and smashed into a tree. The Jeep then caught on fire.

Minor, age 34, wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene, VSP reported.

His passenger, 45-year-old Kathy A. Watkins of Locust Grove, wasn’t wearing her seatbelt either and also died onsite.

VSP said speed contributed to this accident.

The investigation continues.

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