A 16-year-old Sequoyah High School student was killed and her mother was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate-64 in Goochland County, Va., late Friday night.
According to a WTKR Channel 3 report from Norkfolk, Va., Virginia State Police officials said troopers were called to I-64, a half-mile east of Route 629, at 11:30 p.m.
According to published reports, Genna Elizabeth Hankee, 31, of Elkton, Va., was driving a 1998 Honda Accord westbound when she struck a 2016 Nissan sedan hauling a trailer, driven by, Lori Ann Ivens, 42, of Madisonville, in the rear.
The crash forced both vehicles to run off the road. The Nissan rolled over and landed on the driver’s side, investigators said.
Officials said Ivens had serious injuries and her daughter, 16-year-old BreeAnna Kaylnn Rose, of Madisonville, had life-threatening injuries after being partially ejected from the vehicle.
Transported to hospital
Ivens and Rose were transported to an area hospital where Rose died of her injuries, according to reports.
According to the news report, neither of the victims were wearing their seat belts. Hankee, who was also not wearing her seat belt, was not injured.
Hankee was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain control of her vehicle.
Sequoyah High School teacher Priscilla Gregory said as a student, BreeAnna Rose, who was known as Bree, was inspiring.
“Bree was so sweet, intelligent, and thoughtful,” said Gregory. “She blessed my classroom her freshman year. She made being a teacher an honor because of who she was. Her presence often gave me renewed purpose. So young, yet she inspired.”
The crash remains under investigation with the aid of the Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team.