A young Richmond County woman was flown out from a two-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday morning at approximately 7:20 a.m. on Scott’s Mill Road 0.6 miles east of Desha Road, authorities said Friday.
According to Virginia State Police Senior Trooper D.P. Compton, Warsaw resident Alonya Bates was traveling eastbound on Scott’s Mill Road in her 2003 Chevrolet Impala when she rounded a curve at a high rate of speed and lost control of her vehicle.
Compton said that William Dean Clarke, of Tappahannock, saw Bates’ vehicle in a skid and brought his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty to a stop.
“Bates did overcorrect it to the left, causing the vehicle to rotate, and she skidded backwards into the front of Clarke’s pickup,” Compton said, adding that the impact was “very severe” with the right rear corner of Bates’ car hitting the front-end of the truck.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, Compton reported, and there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs on either driver.
Clarke was uninjured, but Bates was unresponsive. Compton said that the Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department and the rescue squad were there within minutes and transported her out of the vehicle.
She remained unresponsive, Compton said, and a helicopter was called in to fly her to VCU Medical Center/MCV Hospital.
Compton was advised by rescue personnel on-scene that Bates’ injuries were internal.
According to the latest reports, Bates remains at VCU Medical Center in the Intensive Care Unit. The Northern Neck News hopes to have an update on her condition as of press time.
Based on an estimate provided by Clarke, Compton said that Bates’ speed was between 65 and 70 miles per hour. Scott’s Mill Road has a speed limit of 55 mph, but the curve has a maximum state speed posted for 35 mph.
Compton said the crash remains under investigation.