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Midlothian woman killed, husband charged after SUV goes airborne, lands on Route 288

Posted at 12:08 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 20:58:29-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – Police have identified the woman who was killed after police say a drunk driver ran off Midlothian Turnpike and landed on Route 288 in Chesterfield Saturday night.

The victim has been identified as 61-year-old Cynthia D. Blair of Midlothian.

Chesterfield County Police Sergeant James Lamb says Cynthia Blair and her adult son were passengers in an SUV driven by her husband, 62-year-old Samuel J. Blair Jr.

The single-vehicle crash occurred in the southbound lanes of Route 288 at the Midlothian Turnpike overpass at about 9:05 p.m. Lamb says as they left Westchester Commons, the car turned left onto Midlothian Turnpike but into the lanes of on-coming traffic.

“As he was traveling east in the westbound lanes, his vehicle ran off the road to the right into the median,” said Lamb.

Lamb says the car continued down the median to where Midlothian Turnpike passes over Route 288.

The investigation found that the SUV traveled through the median, struck an embankment, went airborne and crossed several lanes of traffic before landing in the southbound lanes of Route 288.

Officials said Cynthia Blair was pronounced dead at the scene. Samuel J. Blair Jr. and the couple's son were transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“The family was very broken up about it, so, it’s a unique situation,” said Lamb.

Samuel Blair has been charged with driving while intoxicated in relation to the crash and additional charges are pending.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here.

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