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Fall Hill Avenue crash sends three, including child, to hospital

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A serious crash Wednesday afternoon on Fall Hill Avenue in Fredericksburg sent three people to the hospital, including a child who suffered serious injuries.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., a Toyota Camry headed west on Fall Hill made a U-turn near the Interstate 95 bridge and collided with a Nissan Altima headed in the opposite direction, according to Natatia Bledsoe, Fredericksburg Police Department spokeswoman. The crash sent the Altima into an empty car parked alongside Fall Hill.

The driver and a passenger of the Camry were taken to Mary Washington Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A child, about 5 or 6 years old, who was riding in the Altima had to be flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries, Bledsoe said. She said the child was in a safety seat, but it wasn’t secured. A helicopter landed at the Expo Center parking lot. Two adults and another child riding in the Nissan were not hurt.

The driver of the Camry, 23-year-old Christina Joyice of Fredericksburg, was charged with reckless driving and failure to yield, said Bledsoe, adding that Joyice made the illegal U-turn in an attempt to reach the disabled vehicle, which had run out of gas.

Charges are also likely against the driver of the Nissan for failing to secure the child, Bledsoe said.


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