Girl, 5, Dies in Chain Reaction Crash in I-66 Work Zone in Virginia

Chain reaction crashes can be very serious because they involve multiple vehicles that are out of control.

I was saddened to read that a five-year-old girl lost her life in a multi-car chain-reaction crash on Monday morning on I-66 in Prince William County in Virginia. The wreck took place near 41 mile marker of I-66.

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The girl was secured in the back seat of a Chevrolet Cobalt, according to reports from the scene. She lost her life at the scene of the wreck.

A report from the WJLA channel said the driver, Simone Rhodes, the driver, and Gerald S. Mitchel, a passenger, in the front seat of Chevrolet were hospitalized for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The girl who died was their daughter.

The death of a child is one of the most harrowing things our auto accident injury lawyers in Virginia deal with. We have helped many parents sue at-fault drivers over the loss of a child but it’s always tragic.

Police said drivers in two other cars that were at the scene were treated for minor injuries but did not need hospital attention.

The 27-year-old driver of a Nissan pickup truck was transported to a local hospital for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Police later charged him with reckless driving, according to the media reports.

The police report suggested the pickup driver failed to slow down for traffic that was stopped ahead in an I-66 work zone. He crashed into the Chevrolet which hit a car in front of it, in turn hitting another car.

Failure to slow down for a work zone is a major cause of crashes. We have seen a string of wrecks on I-64 north of Newport News where the interstate is being widened and speed restrictions are in place.

You should always be aware of your surroundings in work zones. Last year a number of crashes involving big rigs plowing into traffic that was stopped at work zones, causing a serious loss of life, made headlines. You can read our resources about collisions here.

If you have lost a loved one due to the reckless actions of a driver, please call us for a free and no obligation consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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