Police: King William driver crossed double yellow line to pass truck

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KING WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Crossing the double yellow line was a deadly mistake for a driver in King William County Monday.

Troopers shut down a portion of Route 30 in Mangohick for the better part of four hours after a violent crash which left a mangled mess in a ditch and a Med-flight whirring in the air.

Officials said 19-year-old Robert Mooney tried to pass two 18-wheelers, one of which was carrying a full load of lumber, police said.

When Mooney tried to pass the big rigs he ran head-on into a dump truck traveling east on Route 30, troopers said. The impact was so powerful, the car’s engine landed in a ditch on the opposite side of the road

Mooney died at the scene. Troopers said his mother, who was flown to VCU Medical Center, is recovering from serious injuries.

"Route 30 is ‘Route Death’ if you ask me,” said certified nursing assistant Sharina Jones.  She and her mother, Clara Waller, rushed to the wreckage to see if they could help.

"The lady was moaning and groaning and trying to get out,” said Jones.

"We believe in Jesus Christ all the way,” said Waller. “ I told her to keep breathing. My heart goes out to the family."

Josh Dozier said he sees drivers try to pass slower vehicles all the time in this area despite the double line.

"Not everyone pays attention to the lines in because there are a lot of semis and they go slow,” said Dozier.  “I guess some people get impatient and go around.  But this is the risk, I guess.”

Troopers re-constructed the scene while residents looked on. The road was shut down for hours until it reopened around 8 p.m.

The closure left some parents with a lengthy walk to get their children off of the bus.  They had to walk by the grisly accident scene, getting a tragic lesson on how dangerous the winding roads can be.

"It’s so sad,” said Waller.  “I feel awful for everyone involved."


  • EL

    Just have a little respect is all, someone lost a loved one and someone is struggling to survive this very moment. There just isn’t a need for smartaloic remarks or opinions that come across harsh to those who are hurting in such a tragic situation.

  • walter white

    Honestly. I believe people shouldn’t have to worry about being rude. I don’t want to seem cold or heartless but this was this persons fault 100%. It’s very sad someone lost their life trying to arrive somewhere 30 secs earlier. But I’m sure the cell phone had a role to play as well. Still I pray for the family. But you can’t forget this person risked the lives of everyone on that road at that time for their selfish needs. But like I said. I’m praying for the family.

    • jamie

      I am sure the cellphone wasn’t involved because he didn’t have one ! So please don’t say you sure of something you know nothing about I am sure because I was there a couple days prior when him and his mom where disussing getting them

  • Amanda Mooney

    That was my little cousin who died and my aunt who was taken to the hospital it might have been my cousins judgment while driving that caused the accident but that’s no reason for you to sit there and judge him and be so cold hearted and rude someone died and your sitting there talking about him when he can’t defend himself. Judge not lest you be judged!

    • Dawn

      Amanda, I am so sorry to hear of this. My husband and I are very close to Becky and many others in your family. We will be heading to the hospital tomorrow after work. Ignore the rude comments of others. Some people have no respect and would be thinking differently if this situation was affecting someone they love.

    • Neko

      Amanda, I’m very sorry for you loss, but on the other end of that road, on the end of his impatience with a slow driver, could have been a family with kids in the car, that he could have hit. I’ve seen drivers do these illegal passes too many times. Im sure he would not have been able to live with himself if he took someone’s life

  • Pam MacMillan

    I am so sorry for the loss of this person and his family and friends. I imagine they are in agony beyond words. As far as the other posters, I really don’t want to live in a world where you don’t have to worry about being rude.

  • Crystal

    I pray for the family and friends of the victims, and you shud not judge, you don’t know what struggle they were facing at that moment maybe they were in hurry to save someone’s else life or had a family emergency we all no howe all know how we react in stress, unless u were there keep ur negs to yourself, and for the ones that do are guilty for they do the same

  • joshua

    Maybe the dump truck driver could have predicted that someone might try to pass the logging truck and slowed down. Maybe the logging truck driver could have done something to prevent it. Maybe car had other car or carsbe tailgating it and felt really pressured to pass. May

    • grain of salt

      Double lines.. why would the truck expect someone to pass.. it’s illegal. The car didnt’ see the dump truck (obviously) so why would you think the dump truck could see the car? Loaded tractor trailers on a two lane road.. not much of a place to go since the other lane was occupied by a dump truck. No one can “make you pass”. If they want to risk their life.. hey.. let em go for it.. I’m staying in my lane legally.. I don’t give a hoot if you are nailed to my bumper, your driving wont’ make me break the law. It’s a tragedy for the family and I am sure everyone involved wishes that they could turn back the clock so things could have gone differently. I hope this can become a lesson to to others so that more families don’t have to suffer this kind of loss.

  • Gina

    I am praying for all of the families who were involved in this tragedy today. I totally agree that no one can sit here and judge anyone else. That is not up to us. We all may think we would have done something differently but the truth is haven’t well all done something at some time in our lives that could have turned out tragically? These families need love and compassion right now, not judgement. I am not sure who you are but God does and I am praying for you all at this time!

  • Diane Young

    People need to start following the rules of the road and pay attention amen driving. Ruled and speed limits are in place to help keep us safe, not to inconvenience us. I was in an accident in November and was lucky that I was just injured. Care are dangerous machines and we need to treated them as such.


    To the 2 women that stopped and helped my family Thank you from the bottom of our family’s hearts. We Thank You Jesus for giving these 2 women the courage & strength to comfort our Sister Becky Mooney ,We someway will Pay it Forward as that is what God’s Chosen People do and are all about.We Pray many Blessings to you both for your Brave efforts that you chose to extend to our Family in times of a tragic accident,And as for the negative comments they will come ,and that is fine you are all entitled to your opinions,but we all do make mistakes,our life is a Precious Gift from God and also about Choices and sadly Robert’s choice cost our Family great GRIEF.He was young and this should be a lesson to all young & old alike THINK,THINK before you make Drastic Decisions that can & will change your life forever.

    Respectfully Submitted
    Rev,Troy & Rev,Catherine Mooney
    This is Our Family….

    • Jekeima

      Catherine, please accept my most heartfelt condolences during this difficult time for your family. I cannot imagine the pain that you all are going through. I also pray for a speedy recovery for the woman injured.

    • TWEETY2

      Praying for comfort for this family, May God grant you all peace and healing in this time of your loss. Weeping may endure for a night, But joy cometh in the morning.

      Sometimes it’s hard to understand why certain things must be. But there is a reason for it all beyond our power to see. The blow was hard, the shock severe we never thought your death was so near. But only those who have lost can tell the pain of parting without farewell.


  • cmtm1986

    Thank you Ms.Harris for the beautiful encouraging words.It is nice to hear from and see that there are still so many Christians that stand together,I am not condoning my nephew passing the truck,but his actions have devastated our family and people don’t get that part,also he was only 19 and you can’t tell this young generation anything,because they know everything about everything..Still we have to lay to rest our young nephew and have to help our family heal.I was also wanting to thank the 2 women again for being with our sister Becky @ her time of great need.Sincerely
    Catherine Mooney & Mooney Family

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