State Police: Petersburg woman killed on I-95 wasn't wearing seat belt

State Police: Petersburg woman killed on I-95 wasn't wearing seat belt
A serious crash has closed all lanes of Interstate 95 north near Colonial Heights.(Source: NBC12)
A serious crash has closed all lanes of Interstate 95 north near Colonial Heights.(Source: NBC12)
A serious crash has closed all lanes of Interstate 95 north near Colonial Heights.(Source: NBC12)
A serious crash has closed all lanes of Interstate 95 north near Colonial Heights.(Source: NBC12)

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - Monday evening, state police released the names of two women involved in a fatal crash on I-95 in Chesterfield. 34 year old Regina Goodrich of Petersburg died when she was thrown from a maroon SUV.

20-year-old Chantari Wyche was behind the wheel and is now at VCU Medical with serious injuries.

NBC12 was on the scene before authorities arrived. That's where they met a host of good samaritans who stopped to help.

"Everybody came together as a family and worked together," said Tawanda Person.

She happened to be traveling on I-95 just before one Monday afternoon when the shocking moments unfolded.

"When I came up behind them, the car looked like it had a blowout. The car just started spinning. I thought it would never stop. It spun about 7 times. Ugh, it was scary," Person said.

That's when police say the passenger was thrown from the maroon Jimmy SUV. She died on impact.

"After the car stopped spinning, the other person came out the vehicle too. It was just a sight. It was terrible," Person recalled.

She's referring to Wyche, who had to be rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. Others on the Interstate stopped to tend to the victims before medical crews arrived, some overcome by emotion at the sight that was playing out before them.

Traffic came to a stand-still, creating a 4 mile delay.

"We try whenever possible to get 95 back open as quick as possible but first and foremost is investigating the scene and making sure everyone there is safe and troopers do what they need to do," said Sgt. Steve Vick with state police.

He says officers are working to determine what caused the driver to lose control and crash in the travel lane.

"I have a husband and 4 kids. I would like to be able to tell my kids for the last time that I love them and that person that's laying there that didn't make it, I don't know if she has children but I'm praying for her and her family right now," Person said.

Investigators say Goodrich was not wearing a seatbelt, which may have led to her being thrown from the SUV. Wyche was wearing a seatbelt.

Person is one of two nurses who stopped what they were doing to see about those victims. Authorities say they welcome good samaritans doing that as long as traffic is at a stand-still and it is safe.

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