Several, Including An Infant, Were Killed In A Wrong-Way Accident Off Of Interstate 95
Annually, wrong-way collisions result in about 360 fatalities in the United States. They are the top kind of fatal motor vehicle accidents though they only account for about 3% of all crashes that occur. Because they typically cause head-on collisions and occur at high speeds, wrong-way collisions can result in serious, lifelong injuries even when they are not fatal. Typical injuries that occur in wrong-way collisions can include traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, broken and fractured bones, internal injuries, lacerations, bruising, and partial or complete paralysis.
The Chesterfield Observer reports that two people have been killed in a wrong-way collision.
The crash occurred at about 11:40 p.m. on March 27, 2020 on northbound Interstate 95 just south of the Woods Edge Road exit.
According to the preliminary investigation, 32-year-old Danielle N. McDaniel was driving south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95. She struck a Nissan Altima head-on in the center lane. After the initial collision, McDaniel then struck a Lexus GS sedan. She then drifted off the road.
43-year-old Reinee Thomas, who was driving the Nissan, was not wearing a seatbelt. She succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the accident. A 1-year-old male was secured in an infant car seat in the backseat of the vehicle also died of his injuries in the crash. Two female passengers suffered from serious injuries and were transferred to the hospital. Another 3-month-old was also injured but has since been released from the hospital.
The male driver of the Lexus suffered from serious injuries and was taken to a hospital.
McDaniel was arrested and is facing two felony counts of driving under the influence of alcohol manslaughter, two counts of felony DUI maiming, and one count of DUI second offense within ten years.