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Pregnant mother killed in head-on Route 460 crash, family says

'Our hearts just sank,' neighbor says.
Posted at 12:38 PM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 12:38:55-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed a fatal head-on crash involving three vehicles on Route 460 in Petersburg Saturday morning to come forward.

Petersburg Police said 42-year-old Christi Noelle Jarratt, of Dinwiddie, and 25-year-old Kaitlyn Jarratt, also from Dinwiddie, were killed in the crash.

Family members told CBS 6 News that Kaitlyn was several months pregnant and has a nearly two-year-old son.

"We would like to offer our heart felt condolences to the family of both victims," Petersburg Police officials said in a release.

Police said at least six others were injured in the crash.

"It's probably one of the most horrific scenes I've seen in my 30 years of being in law enforcement," Petersburg Police Capt. Emmanuel Chambliss said.

Minutes before the crash, Prince George County Police said one of their officers clocked a burgundy SUV at 115 mph in a 70-mph zone along Interstate 295.

Before the officer could catch up to the Jeep, the driver took the exit for County Drive.

Tammie Miles who lives nearby was left shaken by what she heard.

"Our hearts just sank because we figured if it was an accident that somebody had to have gotten hurt," Miles said. "Somebody did pass away and... it was not worth taking somebody's life."

Chambliss said a preliminary investigation shows "the vehicle traveled into oncoming traffic and struck multiple vehicles."

Cellphone video taken from the scene showed one person being taking into custody.

Petersburg Police are investigating the crash with the assistance of the Virginia State Police.

Officials said charges are pending in Petersburg and Prince George County.

Petersburg Police ask anyone who saw the suspect's vehicle before the crash, or witnessed the crash, contact Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804- 861-1212.

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