Two killed in Spotsylvania accident

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Virginia State Police say two people were killed and three injured Sunday night in a two-vehicle crash in Spotsylvania County. The crash occurred April 14, 2019 at 10:10 p.m. on Route 208 (Courthouse Road) approximately ½ of a mile south of Route 628 (Smith Station Road).

A 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier was traveling west in the eastbound lanes on Rt. 208, when it struck head-on an eastbound 2013 Ford Fusion, police said.

The Chevrolet contained four adults and a juvenile. Two of the adults died at the scene; the remaining two adults and a child passenger were injured:

·  The driver, Stephany L. Hartley, 29, of Locust Grove, Va., died at the scene as a result of her injuries. Hartley was not wearing her seat belt.

·  A passenger in the Chevrolet, Richard M. Van Houten, 20, of Woodbridge, Va., died at the scene as a result of his injuries. Van Houten was not wearing his seat-belt.

·  Two adult passengers and a child passenger in the Chevrolet were transported to Mary Washington Hospital serious injuries. Neither adult passenger was wearing a seat belt. The child was secured in a proper child safety seat.

The driver of the Ford, a 40-year-old female from Fredericksburg, Va., was transported to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


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