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Mathews woman dies in head-on crash

A 20-year-old Mathews County woman died in a crash near Cardinal early Monday morning, reported Virginia State Police public information officer Sergeant Michelle Anaya. The fatal crash occurred in the 1800 block of East River Road (Route 660) in Mathews County.

According to police, at about 2 a.m. a 2001 Saturn sedan was traveling northbound on Route 660, a two-lane road with double solid lines, when it struck a front-end loader head-on. The loader had stopped and was partially in the northbound lane.

The driver of the Saturn, McKennah Evelyn Moore of Moon in Mathews County, died on impact. Moore was wearing her safety belt and alcohol was not a factor.

Carlos Vicente of Cardinal had been towing a vehicle with the front-end loader in the southbound lane. Vicente stopped in the southbound lane to make adjustments to the vehicle being towed. The front-end loader was stopped at an angle and was partially in the northbound lanes when it was struck by Moore, according to Sgt. Anaya.

Vicente was not in the vehicle at the time of the crash, and alcohol was not a factor, said Sgt. Anaya. Vicente was charged with improper stopping, and improper towing. 

A Virginia State Police accident reconstruction team was on the scene early Monday.  

posted 07.24.2013

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