Woman, 86, killed in Parham Road head-on collision

Posted at 8:42 PM, May 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-29 15:42:37-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -  An 86-year-old woman was killed in a head-on collision Wednesday night near the intersection of Parham and Midway Roads, near Patterson Avenue. The woman was identified as Beverly Luther, of Roslyn Hills Drive, in Henrico.

Luther was a member of the Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad. She was headed home from her regular Wednesday shift at the time of the crash, Henrico Fire spokesman Capt. Danny Rosenbaum said.

"She served as a dispatcher on the Wednesday Daytime Crew," Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad president John Tatum said in a statement. "She was known for her charming smile and pleasant demeanor with everyone she encountered."

Beverly Luther (PHOTO: Henrico Fire)

Beverly Luther (PHOTO: Henrico Fire)

Luther was driving north on Parham when her Volvo crossed the median and hit a southbound Mercury head on, police said. The other driver, an adult female, suffered life-threatening injuries.

"Neither alcohol nor speed appear to be factors in this crash," Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Linda Toney wrote in an email. "No charges have been placed."

The accident happened about 7:45 p.m.

"I've seen accidents, people might hit somebody in the back or whatever but never a fatality," neighbor Quincy Edwards said.

Henrico Police rerouted southbound traffic off Parham Road and through West End neighborhoods to get around the accident.

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