Early on March 23rd, a young boy died as a result of injuries from a single-vehicle crash. The driver, Amanda Barker, who is 31-years-old, was behind the wheel of a Nissan Ultima. At the time, she was traveling west on Genito Road but ran off the road during a curve. This particular curve is known for a high volume of accidents but often does have some factor of either speed or distraction. People don’t run off this curve without contributing in some way except on rare occasions.
When the vehicle left the roadway, it hit a cement culvert and then eventually a tree. The driver, Barker, did not have on her safety restraint and was immediately taken to a nearby hospital for her injuries.
Virginia State Troopers took over the wreck and cleanup handling the scene and getting two surviving victims to immediate medical care. The youngest child, an 8-year-old little girl, did have her seatbelt on and had sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Her older brother, the victim of the crash, died at the scene from his injuries. Trooper reported that he was wearing a seatbelt, but the force of the crash was just too much to handle.
Police are continuing to investigate this Amelia crash, and they suspect that excessive speed was a factor. It’s unclear where Barker was heading and why she was driving at excessive speeds.
The names of the children are not released at this point, and police have not confirmed if either of the children were Barker’s children. It seems reasonable to assume that they were related, or well-acquainted but there’s no confirmation at this time. Reports are expected to come in with updates on the remaining victims and insight into the investigation. This wreck has shaken the Amelia community.
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