January 13, 2016- Richmond, VA
Helene V. Day, age 71, died as a result of life-threatening injuries sustained in a head-on collision near Richmond’s Byrd Park Tuesday night.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that at around 7:25 p.m., a 2013 Hyundai Sonata heading northbound on Park Drive crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a 2002 Honda Accord traveling southbound.
Day, who was a passenger in the Honda, was transported to the hospital, where she later died. The driver of the Honda, as well as an additional passenger, were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police are expected to file charges as a result of the crash, and encourage anyone with information to contact crash team Sergeant Warren Andorfer at 646-1042 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
Citizens may also submit a tip online at www.7801000.com or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by the tip. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
While head-on collisions account for only 2.0% of all crashes in the United States, they represent 10.1% of all fatal crashes.
According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation, a head-on crash typically occurs when a vehicle crosses a centerline or a median and crashes into an approaching vehicle. A head-on crash can also occur when a driver knowingly or unknowingly travels the wrong way in a traffic lane.
Head-on crashes may result from a driver’s inadvertent actions – such as run-off-road (ROR) encroachment – or deliberate actions—such as executing a passing maneuver on a two-lane road. In either case, the result is often devastating.