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One dead, six injured in I-85 crash / August 02, 2017
A New Jersey woman died in a fatal car crash on Interstate 85 near South Hill Monday afternoon.

Rita A. Pettiford, 65, of Plainfield, N.J. was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, near mile marker 8 on I-85.

A 13-year-old passenger was transported by MedFlight to VCU Medical Center in Richmond with serious injuries, and three others — the vehicle’s driver, Roy Moss, 67, Jestine T. Pettiford, 30, and a five-year-old child — were transported to VCU Community Memorial Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

A pair of two-year-old boys were also taken to VCU Community Memorial Hospital suffering from minor injuries.

According to State Police, a 2004 BMW sedan was traveling southbound when it veered off the road onto the shoulder, striking a stationary 2006 International highway maintenance truck.

Trooper J.J. Kempo with the Virginia State Police said speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

The driver of the highway maintenance truck, Malcolm J. Williams, 44, of Colonial Heights, was uninjured.

Moss is charged with reckless driving and three counts of failure to use a child seat.

The Virginia State Police Appomattox Division Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting with the ongoing investigation.

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