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Family devastated after 2-year-old dies in Richmond wreck

Posted at 1:54 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 18:41:59-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Authorities said charges are pending in a Richmond wreck that left a two-year-old dead and sent five people to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Richmond police said two-year-old Queen Maultsby,  of the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike, died late last night from injuries she received in a two-vehicle crash.

Police said Queen and two other people were in a car with Britney Maultsby, of the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike, who was driving. The 22-year-old is the child's mother.

Queen Maultsby

Queen Maultsby

"The RPD Crash Team has determined that the crash, which occurred at 4:48 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, at the intersection of 18th and Coalter Streets, was triggered when Maultsby’s vehicle entered the intersection and collided with another vehicle," Richmond police spokesman Gene Lepley said. "Maultsby’s vehicle was travelling west on Coulter Street at the time. The other vehicle was travelling north on 18th Street."

Police said the four people in Maultsby’s vehicle as well as one person in the other vehicle were taken to the hospital. However, as of Wednesday afternoon, only the driver of the other vehicle remained in the hospital.

A family member said they were devastated to lose Queen and were worried about Maultsby's unborn child, who is OK.

Maultsby's sister Anissa Lee said the tragedy is unbearable.

"Britney has been a single mom since day one. She has done her best. What more can we ask for," Lee said. "Yes, this ended in a bad way, but she tried her best and I couldn't ask for more. She couldn't ask for more. Who is anybody to judge her? I know she's feeling pretty empty. I can't imagine what it would feel like to have a baby taken away from you, but we are there for her every step of the way."

Police said the cause of the wreck remains under investigation and that charges are pending with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.