3 dead after 288 crash; 2 people were trying to help woman who hit deer

3 people struck, killed by car on Route 288
The victims were stopped after a crash involving an animal. (Source: Virginia State Police)
The victims were stopped after a crash involving an animal. (Source: Virginia State Police)

GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Police have identified the victims of an accident where three people were struck and killed outside a car on Route 288 in Goochland.

Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash at southbound Route 288 at West Creek Parkway.

According to VSP, a four-door sedan driven by Linli Xu, 25, of Midlothian, with was pulled over in the left lane and shoulder after striking a deer.

Justin C. Ransone, 41, of Midlothian, and Amy Lee Abbott, 45, of Glen Allen pulled over on the right shoulder to help Xu.

An Audi driven by female from North Chesterfield, was traveling southbound and came upon the sedan with the three standing outside. Xu, Ransone and Abbott were struck by the Audi as the driver attempted to avoid striking the car.

Xu, Ransone and Abbott all died at the scene. The driver of the Audi declined medical attention.

A family member of Abbott said, "We are just trying to process everything right now as a family. The family appreciates their privacy as we grieve and make arrangements."

VSP is continuing their investigation.

Charges are pending.

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