Eight wrecks over weekend on I-64 in New Kent County

NEW KENT – Eight wrecks occurred in New Kent County over the weekend on I-64, one of which sent four people to the hospital.

Friday, October 18, 2013: Two wrecks

On Friday, October 18, around 2:30 p.m., John V. Petrucci, 82, of Towson, Md., was driving his car on I-64 east (near mile-marker 222) when he attempted to change lanes and struck a 2001 Mazda Miata.

After the impact, Petrucci ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. The Mazda ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a guardrail.

All lanes eastbound were temporarily closed for approximately 20 minutes to allow Med-flight to land and transport Petrucci, who suffered serious injuries. His two passengers, as well as the driver of the Mazda, were also injured in the crash and transported to the hospital.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing safety belts.

Petrucci was charged with making an unsafe lane change.

Another two-vehicle crash with injuries occurred on the same day, also on I-64 eastbound (near mile-marker 217), just five miles from where Petrucci crashed.

Saturday, October 19, 2013: Three wrecks

Two of the three crashes on I-64 on October 19 were eastbound, according to State Police Public Information Officer, Sgt. Thomas Molnar.

“One of the [eastbound wrecks] involved a crash with a deer and the second crash was with injuries,” Molnar explained in an email. “The third crash was on the westbound side and involved property damage only.”

Sunday, October 20, 2013: Three wrecks

Three reported motor vehicle crashes were reported on I-64 west on October 20. Like the day before, one of the crashes involved a deer. The other two wrecks involved property damage only.

No fatalities were reported at any of the crashes, as of press time.

Molnar encourages drivers to practice caution whenever behind the wheel to decrease chances of being involved in a wreck on busy roadways.

Molnar suggested that all drivers take the following safety measures:

Maintaining a following distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.

Being aware of your surroundings by scanning ahead for any roadway hazards (accidents, slowed traffic/congestion/ disabled vehicles).

Obeying the posted speed limits.

Always wearing your safety belt.

Always free of driving alcohol and any distractions.

Being aware of Virginia's Move Over Law, which requires that drivers yield the right-of-way or reduce speed when approaching stationary emergency vehicles on highways.

For more information on the Move Over Law, visit: http://www.vsp.state.va.us/SlowDownMoveOver_VAcode.shtm.

Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.