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Henrico teen charged in crash that killed recent college graduate

Posted at 4:03 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 16:59:17-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- An 18-year-old Henrico driver was charged with reckless driving after a fatal crash killed a 22-year-old woman in the county's West End.

Christian Hyman, 18, ran a red light while driving a Chevrolet Silverado and collided with 22-year-old Caroline LoNigro's Hyundai Elantra at the intersection of Patterson Avenue and Lauderdale Drive on October 17, according to Henrico Police.

LoNigro was turning onto Patterson from Lauderdale with the green light, according to police, when Hyman's truck hit her car in the intersection.

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"The force of the impact caused the Hyundai to rotate into the eastbound lanes," a Henrico Police spokesperson said. "The truck rolled over onto the driver’s side."

LoNigro, who had recently graduated from Penn State, according to her family, died at the hospital.

"We all miss her so much," her mother Michelle shared. "Phi Sigma Rho, Penn State, Tucker High School, Hungry Creek Middle school, Longan Elementary, Athleta at Short Pump mall, Richmond Federal Reserve, Crunch Fitness, and Accenture - those are all the places she worked and went to. People truly loved her and she changed so many lives and always brought joy everywhere."

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Caroline Lonigro

Neither speed nor alcohol factored into the crash, according to Henrico Police.

LoNigro is survived by parents Glen and Michelle; siblings, Charlie and Heather; grandparents, Susan and Charles White and Virginia LoNigro.