UPDATE: Woman dies, nine injured in Rappahannock boat crash

Facebook photo: Amanda Brady and Patrick Nixon
Facebook photo: Amanda Brady and Patrick Nixon
Image of the boat
Image of the boat

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Iva Radman – email

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - A search and rescue mission has ended for a Glen Allen woman who was involved in a boating accident in the Rappahannock River Monday night.

Shortly after 8 a.m. this morning, a Virginia State Police dive team found the body of Amanda Brady, 25, near the area of the boat crash which is near the Millstone public boat landing.

Virginia Marine Police said they estimate the boat, a yellow 2005 Chaparral speed boat, to have hit a channel marker head on at about 35mph. The water depth there is 38 to 64 feet deep. The boat had major damage. Apparently it was heading toward Belle Isle State Park Campground on the Lancaster County side of the river.  It is unknown if they were camping there or if they had a car there.

There were 10 people on board the boat at the time of the crash. Several of them were thrown from the boat. The boat pilot called 911 from his cell phone.

The boat, carrying 10 people, hit a channel marker at around 10:38 p.m. Monday night.  It was the only boat involved. Investigators say alcohol was likely a factor in the crash.

Steve Nixon, 38, of Montpelier, was reportedly at the helm of the speedboat at the time of the accident. He is a captain with the Richmond Fire Department.

Brady was engaged to Nixon's brother, 26-year-old Patrick Nixon, of Glen Allen, who was on the boat.  She was a 5th grade teacher at Longan Elementary School.

Authorities said many of the boat passengers were family members and others were friends of the family. All the passengers are from the Richmond area.

Five passengers, including an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old, were taken to VCU Medical Center. Two children, an 11-year-old and 10-year-old, were taken to Walter Reed Hospital and two adults were taken to Tappahannock.

The two most serious, Nixon and the 11-year-old, were flown to VCU Medical Center, according to authorities.

Virginia Marine Police, the Coast Guard, The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Middlesex Sheriff's Office have been on the scene for the search.

The Coast Guard flew in a helicopter from Elizabeth City, N.C., and had a team dive member in the water to save 11-year-old Zach Nixon, which is currently at VCU Medical Center with severe head injuries.

We have a crew at the scene and we will bring you more updates throughout the morning as we get them.

Henrico County schools released a statement about Brady:

"We are saddened to learn of the death of our colleague, Amanda Brady, a fifth grade teacher at RC Longan Elementary School.  Longan's Principal, Dr. Rich Hall, describes Amanda as an outstanding teacher who touched and impacted the lives of her students on a daily basis.  The entire Henrico County Public Schools family is thankful for her dedication and service to our students.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones." - Dr. Pat Russo, Superintendent, Henrico County Public Schools

Here is a breakdown from Virginia Marine Police (as of noon Tuesday):

DECEASED: Amanda Brady, 25, of Glen Allen. Her body is at the Medical Examiners Office in Richmond. Preliminary cause of death may be trauma.


  1. Pilot Steve Nixon, 38, Montpelier, also a Capt with the Richmond Fire Department. He had trauma to the face.
  2. Steve's wife Angela, 31, Montpelier, Severe leg injury
  3. Steve's son Zach Nixon, 11, Glen Allen, severe head injury
  4. Steve's stepson Chase Buchanon, 13, Beaverdam, right leg injury
  5. Steve's cousin, Chris Carnes, 29, Glen Allen, possible head injury


  1. Steve's stepdaughter MacKensie Buchanon, 11, Beaverdam
  2. Steve's daughter, Bailey Nixon, 10, Glen Allen


  1. Steve's brother, Patrick Nixon, 26, Glen Allen
  2. Steve's sister Kelly Nixon, 43, Glen Allen

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