Police identify woman killed in 3-vehicle crash on Route 199 in Williamsburg


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — One person is dead after a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Williamsburg.

On Tuesday afternoon, James City County police identified the person who died in the crash as 29-year-old Hailey R. Diggs of York County.

Police also said a 63-year-old person who drove a Honda CRV involved in the crash also sustained minor injuries. The third vehicle involved in the crash was a tow truck. The 38-year-old male driver of that vehicle was not injured.

The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. on westbound Route 199 about half a mile east of the Longhill Road exit, James City County police say. It shut down Route 199 between John Tyler Highway and Longhill Road for several hours.

Footage from Chopper 10 showed two vehicles crashed off the road, including the yellow Jeep with heavy damage.

Police said the tow truck had stopped to tow a vehicle that had become stuck in the median earlier Tuesday morning. The truck was partially in the left lane of Route 199.

A 2003 Jeep Wrangler traveling in the left lane then struck the tow truck from behind. The impact caused the Jeep to go into the right lane, where it was hit by a 2018 Honda CRV.

Police said Diggs was wearing a seat belt, but the impact still caused her to be ejected from the Jeep. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The person driving the Honda, a James City County resident, was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News with minor injuries.

The driver of the tow truck was inside the truck when the crash happened, but he was not injured.

Police said the Jeep is totaled. The Honda also sustained significant damage.

Route 199 reopened after being closed for several hours for the investigation.

The crash is still under investigation, police said.

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