A Kentucky man has been charged with reckless driving after striking a Virginia State Police vehicle and another vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 77 on Christmas Day in Carroll County.
According to Virginia State Police Sgt. A.J. Zyvoloski, the accident happened on I-77 South at the 11.3 mile marker at 2:02 p.m. Friday. Trooper K.D. Blackburn had pulled over a family from Artsdale, N.C. in a 2015 GMC Yukon and was working with the family on the shoulder of the road when a 2015 Toyota Camry driven by David Zwick, 80, of Kentucky approached.
“The driver drifted over, striking the Trooper’s 2014 Ford Taurus, delivering a glancing blow, striking the mirror and front fender bumper area. The Camry then glanced off it and ran into the back of the Yukon the trooper had stopped,” Sgt. Zyvoloski said. “Everybody was on the shoulder between the vehicles, but were far enough away that luckily they were missed.”
Zyvoloski said Zwick and his passenger were both transported to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax before being transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. for “somewhat serious injuries.” He said four passengers in the Yukon were transported to Twin County Regional Hospital, but he believed they were all “okay.” Trooper Blackburn was not injured.
Zyvoloski said the Camry was totaled, while he estimated damage to Yukon at $5,000. Damage to the police vehicle was minor, he said. Zyvoloski charged Zwick with reckless driving, failure to maintain control.
“The driver couldn’t remember anything but the crash,” Zyvoloski said “He didn’t know what lane he was in or what happened, but we did have a witness say he was in left lane originally, swerved over to the right and then swerved back and ran off the road to the shoulder part of the accident.”
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