Petersburg woman killed in crash identified

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - We now know the name of the woman killed in a crash near Petersburg High School Friday morning.

42-year-old Tammie Dingas was a well-known businesswoman in the community.

She was found outside a jeep that had crashed near Johnson Road.

She was slumped over and already dead when police arrived on scene. A second person that was riding in the car survived, but found asleep a few blocks away.

The green jeep is totaled. Police say it looks like the driver of the vehicle overcorrected through the curve in Johnson Road and flipped several times.

Jimmy Tynes was headed to the high school when he rode past the crash.

"Seemed pretty awful," said Tynes.

He said he knew instantly someone died.

"Everybody is just standing around. Usually when nobody is moving fast, that's usually not a good sign."

Emergency crews pronounced a woman in her forties dead on arrival.

Police said the other person in the car walked through the nearby woods, got into an unlocked car and laid down to take a nap. A woman heading to work found him asleep and called police.

Investigators don't know exactly when the crash may have happened. They said the car could have been sitting there a while before anyone called 911.

"It's a very dark area and it's two lanes, but if you weren't paying attention you could have easily passed by the accident and not known it was there," said Esther Hyatt for Petersburg Police.

Toxicology reports will determine whether alcohol or drugs may have played a role.

The man that survived the crash was taken to Southside Regional Medical Center. He's expected to be okay.

Police said Friday morning's fog may have played a factor and for now they're not ruling out that a second car may have been involved in the crash.

Petersburg High School started on time despite police closing Johnson Road. Police said school buses were still allowed through the area.