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Midlothian man charged in fatal Ashland crash

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm

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Charges have been filed in the crash that killed a Caroline County man, injured his two adolescent children and shut down Washington Highway in Ashland Tuesday afternoon.



Today (Friday), the Hanover Sheriff’s Office announced it had arrested and charged Walter D. Potter, 63, of Midlothian, for reckless driving, a Class 1 misdemeanor. The sheriff’s office did not have any further details to release regarding the crash and said the investigation is ongoing.

A sheriff's deputy surveys the scene of a fatal crash Tuesday afternoon.

A sheriff’s deputy surveys the scene of a fatal crash Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Lt. Chris Whitley of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said the HCSO responded at approximately 2:15 p.m. to the 11400 block of Washington Highway for a report of a multi-vehicle crash with injuries.

Upon arrival, responders learned that the driver of a 2004 Honda Civic and two children, ages 6 and 11, had been ejected from their vehicle during the crash. All three crash victims were transported to VCU Medical Center by Hanover Fire-EMS with serious injuries.  The driver, Floyd F. Robinson Jr., 41, of the 6000 block of Jericho Road in Caroline County, later died as a result of his injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Robinson’s vehicle was lawfully stopped in the left southbound lane of Rt. 1 in order to make a left turn into a business when he was struck in the rear by a 1998 Ford van that was traveling in the same lane. This caused Robinson’s vehicle to spin into the northbound lane at which time all occupants, who were not wearing seatbelts, were ejected from the vehicle onto the northbound side of the roadway.

In an effort to avoid the crash, a third vehicle (2013 Ford Fusion) traveling northbound on Route 1 swerved and struck Robinson’s vehicle.  This caused a fourth vehicle, a 2007 GMC SUV, to swerve to avoid hitting the 2013 Ford Fusion, which then struck Robinson who was lying in the roadway. Both drivers reported minor injuries but were not transported to a hospital. No other injuries were reported.

“We extend our sincerest condolences to the Robinson family as they attempt to deal with this tragic event,” Whitley said.

Route 1 between Ashcake and Lewistown roads was closed to allow crews to clean up and investigate the accident. It did not reopen until around 8 p.m. Tuesday, coinciding with a massive backup on Interstate 95 from an unrelated crash.