Child killed in four-car I-66 pile-up

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[UPDATED 5:30 P.M.) A five-year-old girl riding in the back seat of a Chevrolet Cobalt was killed this morning (Monday) in a four-car crash on westbound I-66 in Prince William County. Identities of those involved were not immediately available.

Virginia State Police said the accident happened about 9:15 a.m. at the 41-mile marker. As westbound traffic was slowing to a stop in a work zone, a 2012 Nissan Titan pickup truck failed to brake in time and struck a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt that was traveling in front of it. The Chevrolet then struck the vehicle in front of it, which struck the vehicle in front of it.

Nayla P.R. Mitchel, 5, was sitting in the back seat of the Chevrolet, secured in a booster seat. She died at the scene. Flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries were the Chevrolet’s driver, Simone E. Rhodes, 26, and front seat passenger, Gerald S. Mitchel, 34, both of Washington, D.C.

The driver of the Nissan — Dustin D. Skidgel, 27, of Markham, Va., — was charged with reckless driving. He was treated at a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The drivers of the last two vehicles were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. All westbound lanes were cleared and re-opened by 1 p.m. Monday.



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