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Fatal Multi-Victim Vehicle Crash in Virginia, Victim Identified

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Lilly Lentz1 year ago

According to the Virginia State Police Department, Annie Mae Eley, 86-years-old, has been identified as the victim of a fatal multi-vehicle crash that occurred in the Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

Virginia State Police and the Fatal Car Crash

According to WAVY, Virginia State Police Department’s Sargent Michelle Anaya stated that the crash happened at 8:15 am on Thursday. The vehicles that fell victim to the fatal crash included a 2006 Pontiac, a 2002 Jeep Wrangler, and a 2004 Toyota Camry.

These three vehicles were stopped at the traffic light going northbound on Route 32. Ronnie Butler, driving a 2006 Peterbuilt tractor-trailer, was also going northbound on Route 32 when he struck the 2006 Pontiac from the back. The impact caused a chain-reaction crash.

The victim, Annie Mae Eley, was in the back seat of the Pontiac at the time of collision. Major injuries were identified at the scene and she was rushed to the hospital where she later died. Four other victims who were in the impacted vehicles were also transported to the hospital; however, their injuries were non-life threatening.

Ronnie Butner, the driver of the tractor-trailer, has been charged with reckless driving. The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office will review the case and possibly charge Butner with other possible pending offenses.  

Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System:

  • In 2014, 29,989 fatal motor vehicle crashes occurred in the United States
  • 32,675 deaths occurred in these fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2014
  • The fatality rate per 100,000 people ranged from 3.5 in D.C. to 25.7 in Wyoming.
  • The death rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled ranged from .57 in Massachusetts to 1.65 in South Carolina
  • In 2014 across the nation, 56% of motor vehicle crash deaths occurred in single -vehicle crashes.
  • 276 multi-vehicle crashes occurred in Virginia in 2014 out of 703 total fatal crashes. 


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