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Driver charged after fatal van crash kills 6 in Caroline County

Posted at 4:13 PM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 16:15:54-04

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. – The driver of a van involved in a fatal two-vehicle crash in Caroline County that left 6 people dead, including a child, has been charged in the accident.

Wenceslao Cruz-Marquez, 50 of Chicago, has been charged with reckless driving and six counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The early Saturday morning crash occurred on Interstate 95 northbound at the 112.4 mile marker around 12:30 a.m.

Virginia State Police said the crash happened when the Dodge van, traveling north on I-95, ran off the road to the left, then swerved right across two travel lanes before hitting a Toyota Camry.

Six killed in crash (SOURCE: Virginia State Police)

Six killed in crash (SOURCE: Virginia State Police)

“After impact the Toyota spun out in the road, the Dodge van continued off the road to the right over correcting back left and overturning approximately five to six times,” Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick said.

Six people, including a child, were thrown from the van and died at the scene.

Cruz-Marquez and nine other passengers were transported to Mary Washington Hospital and Spotsylvania Regional Hospital with serious injuries. None of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the 2016 Toyota was not injured.

The victims’ names are being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

The van occupants had left North Carolina and were headed to New Jersey.