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Deputies identify 2 killed in Hanover crash; driver charged with DUI

Posted at 3:14 PM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 17:43:30-05

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- Deputies have identified the two people who were killed after a pickup truck collided head-on with a vehicle in Hanover County Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 2:12 p.m., the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle crash on West Patrick Henry Road, east of Tower Road.

Deputies say a preliminary investigation revealed that a pickup traveling west, crossed the dotted line and went into the opposing travel lane and collided head-on with a sedan traveling east.

The driver and front passenger of the sedan were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver has been identified as 68-year-old Tonna Jean McKinney of Bumpass. The passenger has been identified as 20-year-old Shena Marie McKinney of Bumpass.

Two additional occupants of the sedan and the driver of the truck were transported to area hospitals.

Upon his release from the hospital Wednesday, the driver of the pick-up truck, 41-year-old Ernest Johnston, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence. He is being held with no bond at Pamunkey Regional Jail. Additional charges are pending.

If anyone witnessed the incident to please contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 804-365-6140.