Driver charged with involuntary manslaughter in Chesterfield woman’s death

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va (WRIC) — A Chesterfield County woman was killed last week after a vehicle she was a passenger in ran off Midlothian Turnpike and crashed onto Route 288.

Chesterfield Police said that on Oct. 5 at 9:05 p.m., a 2017 Honda Pilot, driven by 62-year-old Samuel Blair Jr., turned left from Watkins Centre Parkway into the westbound lanes of Midlothian Turnpike. But the SUV was going the wrong way in the westbound lanes.

Blair ran off the road into the median between the Midlothian Turnpike overpass over Rt. 288, police said. The SUV then hit an embankment, went airborne and crossed several lanes of traffic before landing in the southbound lanes of Rt. 288.

Blair and a passenger were taken to the hospital. Police said another passenger, later identified as 61-year-old Cynthia Blair, was pronounced dead at the scene.

S. Blair, of Chesterfield County, was initially charged with driving while intoxicated. He was arrested on Oct. 11 on additional charges of involuntary manslaughter, DUI and maiming as a result of driving while intoxicated, according to police.

Authorities are continuing to investigate this crash.

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