HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Two men died as result a single-car crash in Hanover County Thursday morning.
At 6:56 a.m., Virginia State Police were called to the scene on Interstate 95 northbound approximately 1.5 miles south of Route 30, at mile marker 96.2.
A 2004 Oldsmobile Alero was traveling northbound on Interstate 95 when the allegedly fatigued driver ran off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, and struck a tree, according to police.
The two back seat passengers were flown by medflight to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center where they both later died. Joe L. Thomas, 75, was seated behind the driver and was not wearing his safety belt. Garry W. Estes, 45, was seated behind the front seat passenger and was wearing his safety belt.
The driver, Teresa E. Bridges, 51, suffered serious but considered non-life threatening injuries in the crash and was transported by ambulance to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond. Teresa was not wearing her safety belt.
Bridges was charged with reckless driving. Her initial court date is set for August 19 in Hanover County General District Court.
The front seat passenger, Spencer D. Bridges, 52, suffered serious life-threatening injuries in the crash and was transported by ambulance to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Spencer was wearing his safety belt.
As of Friday morning, both Mr. and Mrs. Bridges were still at VCU Medical Center with serious injuries but improved conditions.
The family was traveling from Durham, North Carolina to Washington D.C. for a college graduation at the time of the crash.
The Division One Accident Reconstruction Team assisted in the investigation of the crash which remains under investigation. Charges are pending against the driver.