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Woman, 86, killed in Parham Road head-on collision

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -  An 86-year-old woman was killed in a head-on collision Wednesday night near the intersection of Parham and Midway Roads, near Patterson Avenue. The woman was identified as Beverly Luther, of Roslyn Hills Drive, in Henrico.

Luther was a member of the Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad. She was headed home from her regular Wednesday shift at the time of the crash, Henrico Fire spokesman Capt. Danny Rosenbaum said.

"She served as a dispatcher on the Wednesday Daytime Crew," Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad president John Tatum said in a statement. "She was known for her charming smile and pleasant demeanor with everyone she encountered."

Beverly Luther (PHOTO: Henrico Fire)

Beverly Luther (PHOTO: Henrico Fire)

Luther was driving north on Parham when her Volvo crossed the median and hit a southbound Mercury head on, police said. The other driver, an adult female, suffered life-threatening injuries.

"Neither alcohol nor speed appear to be factors in this crash," Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Linda Toney wrote in an email. "No charges have been placed."

The accident happened about 7:45 p.m.

"I've seen accidents, people might hit somebody in the back or whatever but never a fatality," neighbor Quincy Edwards said.

Henrico Police rerouted southbound traffic off Parham Road and through West End neighborhoods to get around the accident.


  • terri

    unless this was a medical emergency that caused this texting or drunk could be the only other reason for a car to cross the median and hit a car head on in this area.

      • athynz

        I’m still in your head David – you can’t go a single post without mentioning me. Stop stalking me dude, I’m not into dudes or you.

  • Kim

    Not necessarily Terri. Elderly drivers are sometimes very dangerous drivers, even more than most teenagers. Not saying that this accident was the elderly woman’s fault but I’ve seen firsthand how some old people drive and can say that most that I’ve seen are not trustworthy on the road. I think that an annual eye exam, hearing exam and testing of reflexes should be mandatory and if they fail those tests (unless its a condition that can be fixed with surgery, etc), then their license should be revoked. Nevertheless..what a sad ending to this article. My thoughts and prayers are with the injured drivers and families on both sides.

    • jaybyrde

      Kim — we will all be “old” one day. Be careful what you say because it could come back to bit you. Statistically,
      young drivers are the most unsafe if you take away alcohol and drugs.

  • stephanie

    First of all, my thoughts are with both families and with the other driver who is fighting for her life. Oh and Hey Terri, who made you an expert on car accidents? Your assumptions about this unfortunate situation are uncredited and are unnecessary. You have NO idea what happened in that car last night. Someone could have swerved into her lane, she could have hit a puddle seeing that the storm dumped a tremendous amount of rain. The only thing that matters is that a life was lost and another life is in danger. You really should keep your unprofessional opinions to yourself next time and leave it to the experts. Maybe you should try saying that your thoughts and or prayers are with the families who’s lives were turned upside down last night. That’s what decent people, people who don’t feel self entitlement and believe that their opinions matter, would do.

  • terri

    who claimed to be an expert you idiots.this women lost control of her car and hit another head on.yea lets blame the rain or a car swerving,sounds like you two are the experts.No charges were filed,maybe the police are not the experts either its you wanna be haters

    • athynz

      Chill out girl. First of all the road is clearly wet and sometimes traction is hard to find when the roads are wet. Second who is to say there wasn’t a third party involved such as some impatient idiot trying to get around her? At any rate the judgments and name calling are way out of place.

  • terri

    oh and if was wet pavement then everyone who went over that same pavement wouldve crossed a two lane road and hit someone head on.again,idiots

  • stephanie

    No need for name calling. That’s very immature of you. And you should proof read your responses a little better before you post them. No one is a”hater ” I am simply a person that believes ignorant people who jump to conclusions should keep their opinions to themselves. This isn’t a soap opera or some reality show. This is a life, a human being with a family that is grieving and doesn’t deserve to have random “know it alls” make accusations about a situation that had absolutely nothing to do with them.

  • Emily

    Terri, Beverly was one of the nicest people I have ever met, I have gone to church with her my whole life. At the time when my great-grandmother was still living she would come to out house once a week. She was a wonderful woman with a caring and loving heart and definitely not an idiot. Everyone please keep your thoughts and prayer’s with Ms. Bev’s friends and family in this tragic time for both of the people involved.

  • myname

    Anyone who is placing blame solely on her age needs to take a step back. Do you know what it takes to be a dispatcher? Solid mind. Solid emotional control. Ask one of the EMTs that she spoke to on the radio. I will be more than thrilled if I can even be considered to do that at 86. Kudos, RIP, and thank you.

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