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Newport News woman charged in crash that closed part of I-64 Monday

Virginia Department of Transportation

A 21-year-old Newport News woman was charged with reckless driving in a crash that closed part of I-64 in York County for about three hours Monday, a Virginia State Police spokeswoman said.

Investigators determined that Zared Michelle Mohr, of the 1000 block of Holleymeade Circle, was driving eastbound on I-64 when she fell asleep at the wheel and struck a 2014 Subaru from behind, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. M. Anaya. 

The Subaru was pushed off into the median and into the trees, she said.

State police responded to the crash at about 1:30 p.m. and found that a child in the front seat of the Subaru, as well as Mohr were ejected from their vehicles, Anaya said. The two were airlifted to the hospital, and the driver of the Subaru and a back seat passenger were both taken by ambulance.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, she said. 

Anaya said initially the eastbound lanes were shut down. Westbound lanes were temporarily blocked to allow a rescue helicopter to land near the crash site.

Eastbound lanes opened at 3:49 p.m. Traffic had been diverted off Interstate 64 at Exit 238. 

VDOT spokeswomen Jennifer Gwaltney noted that the accident created a backup that stretched eight miles.



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