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Driver of Tractor Trailer Charged With Reckless Driving on I-81

Posted on Mar 03, 2011
Virginia State Police reported that a tractor-trailer smashed into the rear of a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix on Thursday, February 10, 2011. Another semi truck and a Dodge Caravan were also involved in the wreck, which congested the roadway for several hours. The accident occurred in Raphine, VA at mile marker 207.1 in the northbound lanes of I-81 near the Augusta County line.

George Patrick, the 46-year-old truck driver, did not notice that the traffic on the interstate had slowed down, which caused him to rear-end the Pontiac. A witness said she thought the truck was traveling around 70 mph when the crash happened. The driver of the Pontiac, 46-year-old Phyllis Hammer, was seriously injured and was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville for medical treatment.

Another witness said that the truck was traveling too fast for conditions, as the traffic probably slowed to about 15 mph.

During the accident, Patrick also sideswiped another semi truck and crashed into a minivan, sending it spinning, then hit the guardrail before coming to a rest. No one in the van was seriously injured. Both northbound lanes of I-81 were closed down for about four hours for cleanup.

Patrick was charged with reckless driving in Virginia.

We wish the driver of the Pontiac Grand Prix a full and complete recovery.

If you have been charged with reckless driving in Northern Virginia, please contact the Wilson Law Firm at (703) 361-6100 or (540) 347-4944 to speak with a skilled Virginia criminal defense attorney today.

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