Overcorrection: First Albemarle traffic fatality not weather related
After a year in which 21 people died on roads in Albemarle County, Djarad Robinson, 36, of Charlottesville became the first fatality of 2012 as a passenger in the back seat of a car that had run out of gas on Interstate 64 and was hit by a swerving 16-year-old driver.
A Chevy Malibu driven by Carleisha Washington, 32, of Troy was traveling east February 19 on I-64 when it coasted to a stop on the right side of the road at mile marker 120 near the Scottsville exit.
A 2002 Ford Explorer driven by the 16-year-old and carrying his 40-year-old father– both wearing seatbelts– ran off the road on the right, then on the left side, and swerved back to the right side of the road where it slammed into the parked Malibu at 2:30pm, according to state police.
The father and son were taken to UVA Medical Center, as were the Malibu driver and a passenger in the front seat, all with non-life-threatening injuries. Robinson also was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Virginia State Police say the crash was not weather related, and charges are pending against the teen, whose name was not released because he's a juvenile.