Virginia State Police are investigating a deadly crash between a tractor trailer and a car near Charlottesville Monday morning that killed three people.
State Police investigators said that Franklin Rowe, 51, was driving a tractor trailer loaded with sand down Route 15 South in Fluvanna County, Virginia, when he crossed the center line of the two-lane highway and collided with a 2005 Honda sedan traveling in the northbound lane.
Mr. Rowe’s truck was traveling downhill and around a curve when the collision occurred. The impact killed Roderick V. Manifold, 69, of Lake Monticello, Virginia, his wife, Demetria B. Manifold, 69, of Lake Monticello, and his mother-in-law, Marion J. Brewer, 91, of Chesapeake, Virginia. All three were wearing seatbelts and all died at the scene, police said.
Mr. Rowe, of Weems, Virginia, sustained minor injuries in the collision, which overturned his tractor trailer. He was treated at the scene.
Virginia State Police charged Mr. Rowe with reckless driving and said additional charges may be added pending the results of the crash investigation and consultation with Fluvanna County Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Police investigators continue to investigate the crash and have not determined a cause. Authorities usually look at a number of possible scenarios when investigating crashes involving commercial motor vehicles including drugs or alcohol, fatigue / falling asleep at the wheel, distraction (such as with a smartphone or other electronic device), speed and weather conditions, mechanical failure, shifting loads, and medical problems.