RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/WAVY) — Four people, one adult and three children, died in a car crash on westbound Interstate 64 on Monday morning, Virginia State Police said.
The crash happened around 11 a.m. at the Providence Forge exit, Exit 214, across from Colonial Downs.
On Tuesday, State Police identified the driver of the vehicle as Anthony D. Snow, 53, of Covington, Kentucky. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Three children, a 9-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl, and a 13-year-old boy also died at the scene. The front-seat passenger, a 34-year-old woman, was cut from the vehicle and rushed to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
The family of five was vacationing in Virginia Beach heading back to home to Kentucky when tragedy struck.
The children’s mother, 34-year-old Ishia Palmisano, was the front-seat passenger in the vehicle. She was rescued from the wreckage and taken to VCU Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. Family says she underwent surgery for several shattered bones and injuries sustained in the wreck. A close friend says Palmisano and Snow were in a long-time relationship and their children were their lives.
State police originally released that the driver of the sedan was passing traffic on the right shoulder, but in Tuesday’s update, they said it now appears a medical emergency may have caused Snow to run off the road onto the shoulder. The BMW struck a pole and then caught on fire.
Those close to the family say Palmisano is alert and has been cooperating with police, saying that she was asleep in the passenger seat and woke up when she felt the vehicle shift directions. She looked over and saw Snow slumped over the steering wheel. Palmisano then attempted to grab the steering wheel before it crashed, but it was too late.
The police investigation into the incident is ongoing.
By 10:30 p.m., all lanes had reopened and the backup had fully cleared.