The week in review
Worst Memorial Day crash: An eastbound 2003 BMW on I-64 on Afton Mountain hits the guardrail on the right around 5:30pm May 28, veers back across the eastbound lanes, hits an embankment, becomes airborne, rolls upside down, and strikes the cab of a westbound tractor trailer. That impact tears the Beamer in two, and the driver is thrown from the car. At press time, the Charlottesville driver is still being treated at UVA Medical Center, and the Virginia State Police have not released his name. The driver of the 18-wheeler, who is from South Carolina and was carrying a load of big rolls of paper, is uninjured.
Worst golf cart accident: A 10-year-old boy dies May 27 when the E-Z-Go utility vehicle he was riding overturns on top of him near Dooms in Augusta County, NBC29 reports.
Worst tractor accident: A tow truck is used to remove a tractor pinning a man May 22 in the 2600 block of Thomas Jefferson Parkway, according to the Newsplex. The man is seriously injured, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.
Worst paper mill accident: David McCormick of Appomattox is crushed to death by a large roll of paper May 23 at a Greif Inc. warehouse in Amherst County, the AP reports.
Closest call: Two motorcyclists on their way to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington for the Memorial Day ceremonies collide on eastbound I-64 at exit 118, which is near U.S. 29. The riders from Tennessee and Wisconsin are taken to UVA Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, according to NBC29.
Most contested 'Y': The lawsuit brought by a consortium of local gyms, including ACAC and Gold's Gym, against the proposed YMCA in McIntire Park goes to the Virginia Supreme Court June 7, Henry Graff reports for NBC29. The gyms contend they should have been allowed to bid on the project rather than the city contracting with the nonprofit YMCA.
Worst boundary crossing: The Virginia Board of Psychology indefinitely suspends the license of local clinical psychologist Carrie Schaffer for continued intimate contact with a former client, even after self-reporting in 2009 that the relationship had ended, according to the Daily Progress.
Biggest job discrimination suit: A UVA Law School group called the Molly Pitcher Project files suit May 23 challenging the federal ban on women in combat and claiming it stifled career advancement in the military, according to the DP.
Biggest family feud: The Dixon clan, owners of the storied Cavalier Hotel at Virginia Beach and their own private mountaintop-removal mine along U.S. 15 in Buckingham, are embroiled in a three-week trial for control of Kyanite Mining Corporation, according to Bill McElway in the Times-Dispatch.
Precious mineral we never heard of before: Buckingham is loaded with otherwise rare, aqua-colored kyanite, which is used in spark plugs.
Worst getaway attempt: Joshua Wayne Painter, 28, of Shipman is charged with attempted capital murder for driving away with a Nelson deputy hanging onto his steering wheel, WINA reports. He's also charged with two felony counts of assault and battery of a police officer, possession of meth with the intent to distribute, and resisting arrest.
Speediest: Canadian police officer John Dukovic, 50, of Ontario, is clocked at 107mph on Interstate 81 May 22 in Augusta County. According to the News Leader, he was consuming an alcohol-infused energy drink around 11am as he headed north in his Corvette. Dukovic was charged with driving with an open container and reckless driving.
Best-timed nap: UVA fourth-year Chris Lemos was snoozing on his sofa before studying the evening of May 22 when a bullet enters his bedroom window, whizzes across the desk where he intended to study, and goes through a wall at his apartment in the Dovecote complex at 1204 Wertland Street. Aaron Richardson reports in the Progress that the .45-caliber bullet came from shots fired in the 700 block of Prospect Avenue more than half a mile away.