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Driver, 91, dead after car strikes Chesterfield home, goes airborne, crashes into tree

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Mar 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-02 10:25:52-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – A 91-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash where the car hit a Chesterfield residence and then smashed into a tree, police said.

Police said James Carpenter, 91, was traveling north on Old Lewiston Road when the car entered a driveway in the 11200 block of the road according to police.

The 2003 Toyota Matrix driven by Carpenter continued across snow-covered front yard and entry sidewalk. The vehicle then struck the front porch of the residence, went airborne, returned to the ground, and continued until it struck a tree head-on and then came to a stop.

It is unknown what time the crash occurred, but police were called to the scene at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Carpenter lives in the same block off Old Lewiston Road, but it is not known yet why he turned into the driveway. Police are still working to determine if the driver suffered any medical emergency that may have caused the accident.

Carpenter was pronounced dead at the scene. An adult female passenger in the vehicle was transported to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Weather may have been a factor, police said, but the crash team continues to investigate. At this point, the investigation indicates neither of the vehicle’s occupants was wearing a seatbelt when the vehicle crashed. No one was home at the time of the crash.