Police ID man, woman killed after car goes airborne, lands in ravine in Goochland

Posted at 3:08 PM, Aug 08, 2015

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. -- Virginia State Police are investigating a deadly wreck in rural Goochland County that was not discovered until Saturday.

Sgt. Steve Vick, a spokesman for Virginia State Police, said the single-vehicle wreck happened at Broad Street and Cloverfield Lane sometime after 11 p.m. Friday.

Officials said the 2004 Honda Accord was traveling eastbound on Route 250 – possibly in at speeds in excess of 119 mph -- when it crested a hill,  went airborne and then slammed into a guardrail.

"The vehicle then went airborne striking several trees and coming to rest down an embankment partially ejecting one of the occupants," Vick said.

State police said 40-year-old Gregory M. Robinson of Henrico County and 32-year-old Liann N. Fazenbaker of Goochland County died at the scene. Vick said the pair were not wearing seat belts.

WTVR CBS 6 reporter Jon Burkett said the crash was not discovered until Saturday when a man driving a dump truck spotted the wreckage in a ravine around noon.

“I didn’t stop because I figured that they already knew," said Robert Payne. "So when I came back up – over an hour later – and it still was there… I said, ‘Well, I need to call them and check.’”

Troopers think the accident happened Friday night based on what a neighbor saw.

“According to the neighbor’s witness statement, he stated that around 9 o’clock last night he left and there was no damage to the guardrail. However, when he came a little after 11 p.m., -- between 11 and 11:30 --  there was some damage," Trooper T.S. Thompson said. " He just assumed that because there was no cars or anything nearby that a crash had occurred while he was gone and had already cleared up.”

Broad Street was closed for more than three hours while state police reconstructed the accident.