‘I’m really going to miss her:’ Family friend remembers Chesterfield woman killed in wreck


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police have charged one man in connection to a fatal crash that happened Saturday night in Chesterfield County.

“She was on her way home, in about five more minutes she’d have been home,” said Irene Dickens, a family friend of 45-year-old Dorothy Beach, who was killed by a suspected drunk driver over the weekend. Dickens said Beach had been dating her son for the past two years and that the two of them lived with her.

Chesterfield County police say Beach was driving down Branders Bridge Road shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday night when 32-year-old Christopher Brasher crossed the double yellow lines with his truck and collided head-on with Beach who was driving a Chevy Cruze. Police say Brasher had been drinking.

“He had no business behind the wheel if he was drinking,” Dickens said.

Dickens says she found out about what happened after Beach’s sister came by that night and broke the news.

“I couldn’t believe it. I told her she came here lying,” said Dickens.

She says it’s been especially difficult for her son.

“Hard, real hard, I’m worried about him,” Dickens added. “She was the best thing that could have happened to him.”

On Monday, police were back out continuing their investigation into the crash. Brasher has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and DUI.

Meanwhile, Dickens says Beach will be missed.

“She was a good person, a real good person. She’d help anybody out. I’m going to miss her and my son is definitely going to miss her,” said Dickens. Dickens says Beach leaves behind a son, daughter, and baby granddaughter.Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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