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Caroline man killed in multi-vehicle crash

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A Caroline County man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a four-vehicle-crash near Ashland, according to the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Floyd F. Robinson, Jr., 41, died and his two children, ages 6 and 11, were taken to VCU Medical Center with serious injuries. Information on the children’s conditions was not available Wednesday afternoon.

The crash took place at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 11400 block of Washington Highway (U.S.1) in Hanover County.

Robinson was driving a 2004 Honda Civic and had stopped in the left southbound lane of U.S. 1 to make a left turn into a business. He was struck from behind by a 1998 Ford van traveling in the same lane. That caused Robinson’s vehicle to spin into the northbound lane and Robinson and his two children were ejected from the car onto the northbound side of the roadway, according to the Sheriff’s Office. None of the three were wearing seat belts, police said.

In an effort to avoid the crash, a third vehicle, a 2013 Ford Fusion traveling north on U.S. 1 swerved and struck Robinson’s car. This caused a fourth vehicle, a 2007 GMC SUV to swerve to avoid hitting the Fusion and the SUV hit Robinson, who was lying in the roadway.

The other drivers involved in the crash reported minor injuries but did not go to the hospital.

The crash is under investigation.

Robinson was a custodian at Bowling Green Elementary. One of his co-workers, Rachel Farmer, described him as someone who “always had a smile on his face and was willing to go out of his way to help people.”