HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The person responsible for driving a car onto the train tracks at the England Street crossing and leaving the vehicle to be crushed by an oncoming train has been charged, Ashland Police say.
Police say Lizzeth Calderon Henriquez was charged on Thursday, Jan. 19 in connection to the incident, which occurred around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. In a video of the incident, the driver of the car is seen driving underneath a descending railroad crossing arm, parking the car in the tracks, getting out of the car and leaving the scene before a train barreled into the car.
Henriquez was charged with misdemeanor hit and run, operating a vehicle without a driver’s license, and operating a vehicle without insurance for the collision with the train.
“Subsequent to an investigation, it was determined that there was no intentional effort on the part of the driver to damage or interfere with train operations or critical infrastructure,” Ashland Police said in a release.