Nelson: Slick Roads Sunday Evening Causes Tense Moments – Child In Accident Loses Battle – Updated 3.26.13

This car went over an embankment Sunday evening - March 24, 2013 after the driver lost control. Slick roads are thought to have contributed to the accident.
This car went over an 15-20 foot embankment landing partially in the water this past Sunday evening – March 24, 2013 after the driver lost control. Slick roads are believed to have contributed to the accident.

Today Corinne N. Geller Public Relations Director with VSP in Richmond updated the story and investigation, here’s their release verbatim:

“Virginia State Police Trooper R. Sachno III is investigating a single-vehicle crash in Nelson County that resulted in the death of a 5-year-old Nellysford resident. The crash occurred at 8:23 p.m. on March 24, 2013. A 1994 Saturn SL was traveling east on Route 665 when the driver lost control. Less than a mile east of Route 29, the car ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree. The vehicle then overturned into a creek.

The driver, Mercedes P. Toliver-Carrington, 18, of Amherst, was transported to UVA Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A passenger in the vehicle, Jeremiah C. Clark, 5, of Nellysford, was transported to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville where he succumbed to his injuries Monday. Three other passengers were also transported to UVA Hospital for treatment of injuries from the crash. The driver and all four passengers were wearing seat belts.

The crash remains under investigation at this time and charges are pending. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.”

Original Story from 3.25.13 post at 7:12 AM
Nelson County, VA

Very tense moments set the scene Sunday evening after the driver of a car lost control on slick roads and careened over an embankment and into the water along Wilson Hill Road. BRLM has learned that a small child around 5 years old was unconscious and in full arrest (not breathing / no pulse) when emergency crews arrived. “An off duty Wintergreen paramedic was on the way home along 29 southbound and made the scene giving aid until other emergency crews arrived, said Michael Barber with WFD public relations. His 3 year old sister was also in the car but is not believed to have been critically injured. CPR was given to the 5 year old as emergency personnel arrived, including Wintergreen rescue, that was called to assist Lovingston Volunteer Fire & Rescue, along with other Nelson squads including, Piney River, Gladstone, and Roseland made the scene.

Due to snowy weather conditions, Pegasus Medical Helicopter from UVA couldn’t fly so their Pegasus Bus was sent instead. They met crews in Lovingston where the child was transferred and then transported to UVa Medical Center in Charlottesville. At the time of the transfer emergency crews had been able get a good pulse on the child and assist with breathing.

Injuries of others in the car consisted mainly of broken bones, but not life threatening.

As of this story on Monday morning, we have no updated condition on the 5 year old child.



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