Unmarked State Police K-9 Unit One of Four Vehicles Involved in Fatal Wreck

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A person was killed in a crash on Monticello Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. (Courtesy Virginia State Police)
A person was killed in a crash on Monticello Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. (Courtesy Virginia State Police)

Update 10:50 p.m.: Police have identified the victim of the fatal car crash as 84-year-old  Donald Lee Howard of the 9000 block of E. Patrick Henry Road in Ashland.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya with the Virginia State Police said Howard’s family has been notified.

The accident, which occurred at around 1:43 p.m. Tuesday, was cleared by around 5:35 p.m.

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Original Post: A white sedan overturned during a crash on Monticello Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, killing the driver.

Dispatchers in James City County received a call at 1:43 p.m. regarding the crash at the intersection of Monticello Avenue and the entrance to Monticello Marketplace.

Emergency crews arrived to find four cars – the white Chrysler 300, an unmarked Ford Taurus state police K-9 cruiser, a red Ford pickup truck and a red Hyundai Sonata – had been involved in the accident, said Deputy Chief Steve Rubino, a spokesperson for the James City County Police.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya with the Virginia State Police said the male driver of the Chrysler 300 hit the unmarked state police car that was stopping at the traffic light, and the Chrysler overturned and struck the red pickup truck.

The male driver of the Chrysler – who has not yet been identified – was pronounced dead at the scene, Anaya said.

The female driver of the Hyundai, who was hit by the trooper car during the initial impact, was transported to a local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Others involved in the crash, including the trooper and his K-9, were not injured.

Virginia State Police are on the scene reconstructing the accident to determine the components of the crash, and police are waiting for the arrival of the wrecker truck to take the totaled car away.

The other three vehicles involved also suffered some damage, Anaya said.

The cars had been traveling southwest. Traffic has been blocked from that intersection back to the intersection of Monticello Avenue and Windsormeade Way.

Virginia State Police will be handling the investigation.

WYDaily will update this story as more information becomes available.