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A Fort Meade, Md. man now faces criminal charges relating to the fatal three-vehicle crash last Friday on I-295.
Sgt. Thomas Molnar, of the Virginia State Police, said in a statement that, after consultation with the Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, state police have charged Tony C. McDonald, 47, with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and two felony counts of child endangerment.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27, state police responded to Mechanicsville Turnpike interchange after McDonald, driving a 2005 Toyota Camry, ran off the left side of the roadway striking a AAA Ford F-350 service truck and a 2009 Toyota Highlander. The Camry’s impact with the F-350 service truck caused the service truck to strike the driver of the Highlander, who was outside of his vehicle.
The driver of the Highlander, identified as Bobby G. Hadaway, 76, of Leland, N.C., died at the scene.
The AAA driver and the female passenger of the Highlander, identified as Hadaway’s wife, Carolyn H. Hadaway, 71, were also outside of their vehicles. The AAA driver was not injured. The female passenger suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Memorial Regional Hospital.
McDonald suffered serious non-life threatening injuries in the crash and was flown by med-flight to VCU Medical Center. A 6-year-old male and a 3-year-old female were transported to the hospital for evaluation.
At the time of the crash, the Toyota Highlander was disabled on the left shoulder with a left-rear flat tire and had called for AAA service. Upon arriving on-scene, the AAA driver had stopped and positioned his vehicle directly behind the Highlander with its emergency equipment activated.
All lanes southbound were temporarily closed to allow med-flight to land. All lanes re-opened shortly after 9:30 p.m.
Speed is considered a factor, as the crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.
The crash remains under investigation.