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2 killed in Henrico neighborhood crash

Posted: 11:23 AM, Jan 30, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-31 09:09:51-05
2 killed in Henrico neighborhood crash

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Mother Miranda Tyler and her son Teon were killed in a three-vehicle crash Thursday morning in eastern Henrico County, according to Henrico Police.

The crash, near the intersection of Byron Street and Austin Avenue, was reported at about 9:45 a.m.

"The preliminary investigation reveals three vehicles collided," Henrico Police spokesperson Lt. Matt Pecka said. "There were a total of five passengers, two of which have been transported to an area hospital, one driver remains on scene, and there are two confirmed fatalities."

Several residents told CBS 6 they have had concerns about that stretch of road and specific intersection for years and had asked the county for changes.

“Traffic comes down here at a high rate of speed and just the little bit of the design of the intersection itself creates a problem also,” said George E. Washington, who added he was involved in an accident at that same intersection in 2016.

“It’s sad that it came to this. I think that, you know, of course you can’t actually prevent people from speeding, but you can do a little bit more to make it a safer intersection,” he added.

CBS 6 asked Henrico County’s Department of Public Works Director Steven Yob about the residents’ concerns and he said the county has done speed studies on Austin Ave., but not recently.

He said that at the time "the speeds were consistent with expectations for a road posted at 35 MPH," and added they, "would not place speed bumps on a road with a 35 MPH speed limit."

As to Thursday’s crash, Yob said they "will consider the findings that police provide regarding the accident and consider if there are safety improvements that can be made to reduce the risk of future accidents."

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