The victim in one of two fatal motor vehicle crashes in Louisa County over the weekend was identified by Virginia State Police on Tuesday.
James C. Thomas, 69, of Unionville succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash that state troopers responded to in the 14400 block of Route 22 (Louisa Road) at 8:09 p.m. on Oct. 3.
The investigation indicates that a 2005 Nissan sedan was traveling west in the eastbound lane over the double solid lines. A 2019 Kia Sorento heading east took evasive action to avoid the Nissan, spun and ended up facing west without making contact with the Nissan. The Nissan made contact with a 2012 Ford sedan that was traveling behind the Kia. The Ford subsequently struck the Kia. After contact with the Ford, the Nissan spun and was struck in the passenger side by an eastbound 2007 Saab sedan.
Thomas, driving the Nissan, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. An 82-year-old female Louisa resident was driving the Ford. A 35-year-old female Louisa resident was driving the Kia. A 75-year-old female Louisa resident was driving the Saab.
Thomas was not wearing a seat belt. The seat belt status of the remaining three drivers is unconfirmed. They were all transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening. There were no passengers in any of the vehicles.
The investigation is ongoing.
The other crash occurred on Interstate 64.
At 5:43 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, Virginia State Police responded to a crash on I-64 at the 162 mile marker. A 2008 Ford F150 headed west ran off the road to the left, struck a tree, and caught fire. The investigation indicates a gradual departure from the roadway without braking prior to impact.
Leonard L. Taylor Jr, 39, of Kents Store succumbed to his injuries at the scene. He was the driver and sole occupant of the Ford and was wearing a seat belt.