NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WTVR) — A 19-year-old woman from Henrico has been charged with reckless driving after a fatal accident and fire on I-64 near Lee Hall Avenue Friday, according to WTKR.
Virginia State Police said Anesha Daniel lost control of her 2005 Nissan ASL, ran off the right shoulder and struck a guardrail just after 5 a.m.
WTKR reports that Daniel had left her car and was trying to flag someone down when a semi traveling westbound was unable to stop. The truck lost control and slammed into a 1999 Buick, pinning it against the guardrail and sparking a fire that engulfed both vehicles and spilling fuel on the roadway.
The driver of the Buick died at the scene. State police are withholding his name until his family has been notified.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, 51-year-old Darryl Bernard Lawrence of Norfolk, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The fuel spill caused the westbound lanes to be shutdown for about six hours.
Daniel was charged with reckless driving. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.