One airlifted to hospital after vehicle crash in Dinwiddie County

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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — One person was airlifted to a local hospital following a two-vehicle crash on Route 460 in Dinwiddie County.

Just before 6:45 p.m. Saturday, state troopers were called to the intersection of Courthouse Road and Route 460. 

An early investigation revealed that a 2010 Honda Civic, driven by Ashley Lewis, 49, of Dinwiddie was coming off of Courthouse Road when she struck a 1983 Oldsmobile sedan traveling westbound on Route 460.  

Lewis was wearing her seat belt and was not injured. Police charged her with failure to yield the right of way. 

The 49-year-old male driver of the Oldsmobile, who was not wearing his seat belt, was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.  A passenger in the Oldsmobile, who was wearing his seat belt, was transported to the hospital by helicopter in serious condition. 

The crash remains under investigation.

The incident occurred in the same area where a 16-year-high school student lost his life as a result of a crash in January. 

8News spoke with the teen’s father, John Reid, who said the crash was a reminder of the pain his family experienced just four months ago. 

“It ripped my heart out because you know you see, you see the accident, you see the medflight, you see all these people there but there’s no answer,” Reid said. “All you can do is just hope for the best and expect the worst.”

Reid is once again calling for the state’s transportation department (VDOT) to make the necessary changes to prevent another accident from occurring. Reid told 8News he would like the intersection to have a traffic light. 

Reid added that in speaking with VDOT, they temporarily decided they would make a change, but later decided against it. According to Reid, he believes that is the wrong move.

8News reached out to VDOT for comment. The department responded with the following statement: 

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently proposed safety and operational improvements for the intersection of Courthouse Road and Route 460 in Dinwiddie. The most recent proposal for the intersection is to construct a closed median R-CUT for added safety. VDOT continues to work with the county on improvements for this area. A timeline on the implementation of these improvements is forthcoming. 

More information on R-CUTs is available on VDOT’s website:

https://www.virginiadot.org/info/innovative_intersections_and_interchanges/rcut.asp.

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