Driver charged with involuntary manslaughter after crash kills sisters driving home from baby shower

Posted at 10:21 AM, Mar 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-06 08:50:39-04

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. -- The man accused of causing the crash that killed two Rockville sisters coming home from a baby shower Sunday night has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Andrew N. Chavis, 24, of Goochland, had previously been charged with DUI in Sunday's crash. Chavis was booked at the Henrico County Jail, according to Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick.

Sheila McCowan, 51, and Yolanda McCowan, 49, both died along as a result of Sunday's crash, police said. The McCowan’s 2012 Nissan Sentra was rear-ended by Chavis' 2011 Hyundai Sonota as both headed west on Interstate 64, near mile marker 170, at about 8 p.m. Sunday, Virginia State Police said. The McCowan’s car ran off the road and hit a tree. Chavis went on to hit another car, police said. The other driver was not hurt, however Chavis was treated at the hospital for serious injuries.

Shelia McCowan (left) and Yolanda McCowan (center)

Shelia McCowan (left) and Yolanda McCowan (center)

"I just want him to know that because he chose to do something very bad, he took two people very precious for me, almost three," Yolanda McCowan's daughter Kiana, 23, said. Kiana's cousin, 16-year-old Justin McCowan, was injured in the crash that claimed the life of his mother and aunt. McCowan told his cousins he closed his eyes before the car hit the tree and he awoke to find his deceased mother in his lap.

The McCowans were killed driving home from a family member's baby shower. The shower was held at the West Broad Street Shoney’s where Yolanda McCowan worked.

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