Whaleyville wreck kills onePublished 10:35pm Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A horrific head-on collision on Whaleyville Boulevard Tuesday killed one and left another in the hospital.
A woman driving a crumpled sedan was pronounced dead at the scene. She has been identified as Yvonne Carol Jones Dailey, 45, of Suffolk.
Another woman was extricated from an overturned pickup truck and airlifted by Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Both were sole occupants of their vehicles.
The wreck, in the 1900 block, was reported at 11:17 a.m. A witness said the vehicles became airborne on impact, leaving the sedan barely recognizable and the truck, which another witness said was a Ford F-150, resting on its roof in a ditch.
“I went to check to see if she was breathing, but she wasn’t,” said Charnna Fiers, who rushed to the wreckage a couple of hundred feet from her home.
The wreck occurred just after Fiers’ husband parked his car in the driveway and stepped onto the front porch, she said.
“He said two cars had hit head-on and gone up in the air and come back down,” she said.
As Fiers and her husband checked the sedan driver another person checked for casualties in the truck.
Waiting for first responders to arrive, a truck driver retrieved a fire extinguisher in case the smoking sedan caught on fire, and someone else scooped water from the ditch, Fiers said.
The tragedy occurred on a bend in the road with solid double-yellow lines and woods either side.
Waiting for the wreckage to be cleared, truck driver Robert Vinson remarked, “The driver of the little car hopefully never knew what hit them.”
Happy Valley Equestrian Center, owned by Rob Sawyer’s family, is close to the crash scene. Sawyer said that accidents are common on the stretch of road.
“I work on the farm and probably once a month there’s a bad accident out here,” he said.
Drivers often speed past the farm, he added. “Sixty miles-per-hour isn’t fast enough for them. A lot of them try to beat the traffic trying to pass somebody.”
Suffolk Police and Suffolk Fire and Rescue began arriving at the scene within five minutes, Fiers said.
Whaleyville Boulevard was closed for several hours, with traffic detoured around Carolina and Copeland roads.
The extent of injuries to the driver of the truck is unknown.