Police identify person killed in crash on I-64 in Newport News

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jun 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-04 17:43:04-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Virginia State Police have identified the person killed in a crash on I-64 in Newport News on Sunday evening.

It happened on I-64 near mile marker 258 at approximately 5:11 p.m., according to Virginia State Police.

The crash blocked all eastbound lanes of I-64 and two westbound lanes in near mile marker 257.

Police say a 2004 Chevrolet SUV was traveling eastbound on I-64 when a rear tire failed, which caused the vehicle to run off the road, hit the jersey wall, and flip multiple times.

There were six people inside the vehicle. Two people were ejected from the vehicle and the other four were either able to escape on their own, or were removed with assistance.

The driver’s side back seat passenger, 75-year-old Wilnet Gordon, of Richmond, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

The driver, 38-year-old Kathy Carswell, of Glen Allen, was taken to Riverside Hospital for her injuries. The front seat passenger, Brandon Carswell, was ejected and suffered life threatening injuries. He was flown by Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital to be treated.

Two juveniles in the back seats of the vehicle were both taken to Riverside Hospital and treated for their injuries.

A 28-year-old woman, Tiara Strange, was also taken to Riverside Hospital for treatment.

Kathy Carswell was charged with defective equipment, with tire tread being the cause of the accident, She was also charged with having no liability insurance and failure to register a vehicle.

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