It appears that failure to follow the rules of the road resulted in the death of a 59-year-old woman in Isle of Wight last Friday, according to the findings of Virginia State Police’s preliminary investigation.
Troopers were dispatched to the scene on Cypress Creek Bridge west of business Route 10 shortly after 6 p.m. and found a three-vehicle crash.
VSP said its preliminary investigation shows that Gay Arnett Watt, who was in a 2004 Toyota Tacoma, was heading westbound on Rt. 10 and attempted to pass the 2022 Ford Ranger in front of her.
As she was passing, she met an oncoming 2021 Toyota Rav 4 and hit it head on. That collision led to Watt losing control of her vehicle, which then spun into the Ford Ranger, State Police reported.
Watt died at the scene. The driver of the Toyota Rav 4, 24-year-old Alexander VanCampen, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries, and was transported to Riverside Regional Hospital. The driver of the Ford Ranger sustained minor injuries that were treated on site, VSP reported.
Watt was wearing a seatbelt, but it appears that her speed and passing on a solid line were causative factors, said VSP. At this time, police have not determined if alcohol was also a contributing factor.