SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State Police say they’re investigating a two vehicle accident with a driver under the influence in Spotsylvania County. The crash killed a 14-year-old girl and seriously injured five other people.
VSP said the crash occurred at 2:55 a.m. on Sept. 9, on I-95.
State police said a 2021 Toyota Sequoia got on I-95 traveling in the wrong direction when it hit a Southbound 2020 GMC Yukon head-on, causing the GMC to overturn.
The driver of the Toyota, Taylor M. Andujar, 27, of Fredericksburg, was taken to Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. VSP said she was wearing a seatbelt.
A 14-year-old girl riding in the GMC sustained life-threatening injuries from the crash. She died while being transported to the Mary Washington Hospital. The teenager was wearing a seatbelt during the accident.
The driver of the GMC, a 61-year-old man, of Bronx, NY, had serious, but non-life-threatening injuries from the crash and was taken to the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center for treatment. He was also wearing a seatbelt.
Four other passengers in the GMC, one of whom was another minor, suffered from life-threatening injuries after the crash. One of the adult passengers was taken to Mary Washington Hospital, while the second juvenile and two other adults were taken to VCU Medical Center.
VSP said Andujar was arrested and charged with one felony count of DUI manslaughter, two felony counts of DUI maiming, two felony counts of maiming in the second degree, one misdemeanor count of DUI. She is being held without bond in the Rappahannock Regional Jail. Andujar has a bond hearing on Friday in Spotsylvania county.
According to Virginia court records, this is her first DUI. She also had no criminal record.
Police have not identified the victims or released much information about them.
After years of public safety campaigns, VSP Sergeant Dylan Davenport said some people still don’t understand the implications of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. “Your life, the lives of others that are impacted by your behavior, it’s not at all worth it,”she told 8News Wednesday.
State police said this crash is still under investigation.