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Three crashes send 8 to hospitals

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On Tuesday an elderly man driving an SUV ran off the left side of Route 33 while traveling from Cooks Corner toward Saluda and struck a tree. He was conscious at the scene and transported to an area hospital by the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad. It was the third crash in four days in Middlesex. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

Three separate vehicle crashes sent eight persons to the hospital over a span of four days recently.

Seven of the crash victims were not wearing seat belts, reported Virginia State Trooper J.K. Morris.

On Sunday, December 9, about 5 a.m., three occupants of a 2004 Mazda RX-8, were seriously injured when their car ran off the right side of Route 33 in a curve and struck a tree just east of Route 654, said Trooper Morris. The crash occurred across from the entrance to Stingray Point Marina and about a half mile from the end of Route 33.

Trooper Morris’ investigation showed that the three injured persons were at the scene for about an hour until a fisherman passing by spotted the yellow car. None of them had been wearing seat belts, said Trooper Morris, and the airbag did not deploy.

The driver, Brandon Michael Dunaway of Kilmarnock, was transported to Rappahannock General Hospital by the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad and then transferred to MCV in Richmond.

Ryan Fisher, the front seat passenger, and Brittnay Kidwell, the rear seat passenger, were taken to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester and then transferred to Riverside Hospital in Newport News. Both Fisher and Kidwell are Northern Neck residents.

Dunaway is charged with reckless driving and the accident remains under investigation, and other charges are pending, said Trooper Morris.

On Friday, December 7, at about 7 a.m., a 3-vehicle crash near Urbanna sent 4 people to the hospital, said Trooper Morris.

According to Trooper Morris’ investigation, Herman Fleischman of Richmond was heading west on Route 602 in a Ford F-150 pickup when he attempted to turn left into Tony Walton Seafood. Fleischman stopped while turning because he couldn’t make it into the drive.

Deanna Brookins of Urbanna was traveling east in a Jeep SUV and swerved onto the shoulder to avoid hitting Fleischman, who was blocking the oncoming lane.

When Brookins drove back on the road, she lost control and struck a pickup driven by Lee Walton that was behind Fleischman. Brookins’ SUV struck at an angle and sideswiped Walton’s truck and then collided with the boat and trailer that he was pulling. The impact knocked the boat off the trailer and caused Brookins’ SUV to overturn once. It came to rest on its wheels. Brookins had been traveling at about 55 miles per hour before the crash.

Brookins, her two juvenile daughters and her mother were injured. None of them had been wearing seat belts. The injuries did not appear to be life threatening, said Trooper Morris. They were transported to a local hospital by the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Fleischman was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way while making a left turn.

Lee Walton and his brother Scott, who was a passenger, did not appear to be injured.

On Tuesday, December 13, at about 9 a.m., an elderly man driving an SUV ran off the left side of Route 33 while traveling from Cooks Corner toward Saluda. The vehicle struck a tree in the median. The driver was conscious at the scene and transported to an area hospital by the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad.

More details were not available at press time.

posted 12.12.2012

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