Woman charged in multi-car crash that seriously hurt 4-year-old in Bedford County


BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – Four people, including a 4-year-old boy, had to be taken to the hospital after a multi-vehicle crash in Bedford County.

It happened around 3:40 p.m. Sunday on Lee Jackson Highway at the Holcomb Rock Road intersection. 

Although the crash is still under investigation, the sheriff's office says that it appears a 17-year-old driver in a 2008 Volkswagon Jetta was slowing down to make a left turn, causing the tractor-trailer behind her to slow down as well. A 2008 Honda CRV then went around the tractor-trailer and hit the Jetta.

The impact of the crash caused the Jetta to run off the left side of the road and hit a sign. The CRV continued through the intersection, flipped down an embankment, and came to rest upside down off the right side of the intersection. 

The driver of the CRV, 31-year-old Lynchburg resident April B. Campbell, was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital for minor injuries.

Her three passengers, a 4-year-old boy, a 52-year-old woman, and a 42-year-old man, were all taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The female passenger, who had to be extracted, and the child were later transferred to the UVA Medical Center. 

None of the adults in the CRV were wearing a seatbelt. The 4-year-old boy was in a child safety seat. 

The 17-year-old driver, a Big Island resident, was treated at the scene for minor injuries. She did not have any passengers and she was wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not hurt. 

Campbell is charged with reckless driving. 

**The sheriff's office said earlier that one of the injured passengers was an elderly woman. This story has been corrected to reflect the new information.**