Two crashes in Middlesex each claim a life
by Tom Chillemi
Two crashes in three days in Middlesex County claimed the lives of two men.
A 24-year-old Mechanicsville man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-car crash on Sunday, June 7, reported Sergeant Michelle Anaya of the Virginia State Police.
The Virginia State Police were called to the crash scene at approximately 3:40 a.m. on Route 604 (Nesting Road) east of Route 648 (Montague Island Road) in the Nesting section of upper Middlesex County. A 2007 Honda S2000 sports car left the roadway and struck a group of trees.
The deceased man, Mark Alexander Moore, was the front-seat passenger in the car driven by Daniel L. Kastner. Moore, who was killed as a result of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical service personnel, said Sgt. Anaya.
Kastner was transported from the scene by ground ambulance to VCU Medical Center in Richmond.
The Division 5 reconstruction team responded to the scene in support of the investigation. No charges have been placed at this time as the investigation is ongoing, and pending review by the Middlesex Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
Currently, it is undetermined if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash. Both drivers appeared to be properly restrained. Notification has been properly made to family members.
On Thursday, June 4, Henry James Stump, 67, of Town Bridge Road near Urbanna, died in a single-car crash near Saluda at about 11:10 a.m., reported Sgt. Anaya.
According to police, Stump had been traveling east on Town Bridge Road when he crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree. The crash occurred near Route 17.
Stump was wearing his safety belt and died on impact, police said, and alcohol did not play a factor in the accident.
Virginia State Trooper Sergeant Greg Mathias said Stump was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger pick-up truck and the impact was minor.
Stump’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death, said Mathias. “There may have been an underlying medical condition that caused his death, but until we know we are calling it a fatal car accident,” said Sgt. Mathias.