2 dead, 5 seriously injured in Chesterfield wrong-way crash

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — Two people are dead and five others are seriously injured following a wrong-way crash on I-95 in Chesterfield County.

Virginia State Troopers responded to the three-vehicle crash near the Woods Edge Road exit Friday just before midnight.

They determined a Jeep driven by Danielle N. McDaniel, 32, Petersburg was traveling on the wrong side of the road when it struck a Nissan head-on and killed two passengers. The Jeep then hit a Lexus before veering off the road.

The driver of the Nissan, Reinee Thomas, 43, Glen Allen, was not wearing her seat belt and died at the scene. He had a 1-year-old in the backseat fastened into a child safety seat who also died.

Two women who were in the car were transported for treatment of serious injuries.  A 3-month-old who was also properly restrained in a child safety seat was also transported to the hospital for observation and has since been released from the hospital. 

A man driving the Lexus was wearing his seat belt and was transported for treatment of serious injuries.  

McDaniel was arrested and charged with: two counts of felony driving under the influence of alcohol manslaughter, two counts of felony DUI maiming, and one count misdemeanor DUI second offense in 10 years.  

McDaniel is being held in the Chesterfield County Jail. The crash remains under investigation.

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