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Crash claims life of Hartfield woman

by Audrey Thomasson

A Hartfield resident died Saturday and three others were seriously injured, including a 3-year-old child, when their vehicle went off the road and struck a tree in Lancaster County, said state police.

Virginia State Trooper Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar said the single-car crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 12. A 2004 Cadillac DeVille was traveling northbound on Pinckardsville Road (Route 605) about a half mile from Mary Ball Road (Route 3), north of Kilmarnock, when it struck the tree.

Passenger Neshanda J. Lee, 20, of Hartfield was fatally injured, reported Molnar. 

Upper Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department (ULVFD) chief Danny Akers said it took over an hour for volunteer firemen using the “jaws of life” to cut the top off the car and extract Lee from the wreckage. She was transported to Rappahannock General Hospital where she died of her injuries. 

Two 15-year-old boys and Lee’s 3-year-old child suffered serious non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to a Richmond hospital, said Akers. 

Rescue squads from Kilmarnock and the county Advanced Life Support provider responded to the accident. The ULVFD was assisted by members of the Kilmarnock and White Stone volunteer fire departments.

The investigation is ongoing.

posted 10.16.2013

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