By Melissa Correa - bio | email Posted by Terry Alexander - email
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A fatal accident on Interstate 95 backed up traffic for miles Monday. It happened just before 11:30 near the I-295 interchange. Two people were killed, three others hospitalized.
For the better part of the day state police shutdown the interstate. Just before 11:30 Monday morning two people died along I-95 south one mile before the 295 exit.
Police say a 2006 Toyota Corolla was traveling in the right lane, when the driver changed lanes to avoid another vehicle and lost control. The Corolla then struck a 2003 Ford Explorer which was traveling in the left lane at the time of the crash.
The Explorer then lost control and overturned several times before coming to rest on its roof. Theresa Supicia, 45, and her 12-year-old daughter Samantha were killed.
After further investigation, it was determined that Theresa Supica was wearing her safety belt and was a passenger at the time of the crash, according to State Police. The Supica Family was traveling to Virginia Beach, Virginia to participate in field hockey tryouts at the time of the crash. Inside the vehicle were three sisters and their mother.
The Explorer was driven by a 15-year-old driver who was operating the vehicle with a valid learners permit. Another sister, 14, was seated behind her.
The Virginia State Police are currently consulting with the Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney's Office. The crash investigation is ongoing at this time. No charges have been filed.
"It looked like a huge accident. It looked like it was maybe 4-5 cars when you're approaching it," said driver Bernard Johnson.
Bernard Johnson was in route to Washington D.C. from Myrtle Beach. Passing the grisly scene served as a reminder to take it slow.
"You hope that nothing like that ever happens to you when you're traveling," Johnson said.
In the middle of the lunch rush hundreds of vehicles were forced to detour off of I-95 south at the median, and forced to loop around into the northbound lanes as state police investigated this deadly crash. But hundreds of drivers never even made it to the median. Miles away from the crash police detoured vehicles across over-passes, through side roads in Henrico County.
"Didn't even get to see the accident," said Jim Napier.
Jim Napier was headed towards New Jersey when he rolled up on the traffic jam. He and his wife are thankful they weren't involved.
"Could have happened to us," he said.
The investigation progressed well into the afternoon. At 5:00 p.m. state police were still re-constructing the crash that claimed two lives and impacted several others.
"Gonna take our time and make sure we drive safe," Johnson said.
Three other people were involved in the crash. They are alive and recovering from injuries at VCU. Southbound lanes of Interstate 95 were re-opened at 5:30 p.m.