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Chesterfield student killed on I-95

Posted at 2:51 PM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 18:08:28-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A Chesterfield father was hurt and his daughter was killed in a crash on Interstate 95, according to Virginia State Police and people familiar with the victims.

Scott Garka, who serves as president of Richmond-based arts and culture non-profit CultureWorks, was driving with his daughter Rachel when they were involved in a four-vehicle crash at mile marker 87 near Sliding Hill Road in Hanover.

"The chain reaction crash occurred in the southbound lanes," a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. "A southbound two-door Volkswagen was rear-ended, which pushed it into the vehicle in front of it... the chain reaction to involve a total of four vehicles.

"The driver of the Volkswagen [Garka] was transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries. His 17-year-old passenger, Rachel Garka of Midlothian, Va., died at the scene. Both were wearing seat belts."

Rachel Garka was a student at Cosby High School in Midlothian, according to Crime Insider sources.

Virginia State Police Richmond Division Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash. Charges are pending, police said.

This is a developing story. Witnesses can email news tips and photos here.

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