Weekend crash kills woman

A Boston, Va., woman was killed in a single-car accident on U.S. 522 at 10 a.m. Sunday in Rappahannock County near the border with Culpeper County.

Amanda Gayle Kidwell, 24, was northbound on U.S. 522 when she went off the right side of the road, overcorrected, went across the centerline and overturned after going off the side of the road, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L. Tyler.

Kidwell was not wearing a seat restraint and was ejected from her 1999 Chevrolet Malibu after the car hit an embankment.

The accident happened three-tenths of a mile north of Route 650, Tyler said. There were no other vehicles involved and Kidwell was the sole occupant.

The State Police handled the accident response with assistance from the Rappahannock and Culpeper County sheriff’s offices and fire and rescue units from the two counties. The State Police handled the investigation.

A medical examiner’s report on the victim is still pending, Tyler said.

Kidwell’s death was one of nine traffic fatalities statewide over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, down from 16 deaths last year over the five-day period, Wednesday through Sunday.

The other fatal holiday crashes this year occurred in the City of Chesapeake and the counties of Albemarle, Hanover, Montgomery, Orange, and Sussex. Six of those killed were not wearing safety belts. Those killed in the crashes ranged in age from 13 to 89 years old. At least one of the crashes was alcohol-related.

Virginia State Police had 75 percent of its uniformed work force on patrol as part of the 2010 Thanksgiving Operation C.A.R.E. initiative. Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort is a nationwide, state-sponsored campaign designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by impaired driving, speeding, and a failure of drivers and passengers to buckle up.

In addition to making 175 driving under the influence arrests, Virginia Troopers also cited 10,116 speeders and 2,780 reckless drivers on highways across the Commonwealth during the holiday weekend. State police cited 831 adults who failed to buckle up and issued 253 child safety-restraint citations. Troopers also investigated a total of 922 traffic crashes statewide during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

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James Ivancic is a reporter for the Fauquier Times in Warrenton, Va. Contact him at jivancic@fauquier.com.