• September 09, 2022

Lenisha Simon, Brenda Oyervides Killed in RV Crash on I-66 in Fauquier County, VA

UPDATE (September 21, 2022): Another victim injured in this crash was recently identified as 23-year-old Diamond Jonise. Jonise suffered critical injuries when the RV she was riding in was hit by a tractor-trailer in Fauquier County.

UPDATE (September 12, 2022): Sources have identified the two women killed in this accident as 39-year-old Lenisha Simon and 24-year-old Brenda Oyervides. The RV's driver, 25-year-old Ifreke Inyang, was reportedly charged with reckless driving.

Fauquier County, VA — September 8, 2022, two people died and several were injured when an RV and a tractor-trailer crashed on I-66 in Fauquier County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:25 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 66 near mile marker 16, between Linden and Markham. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a big rig and an RV collided in the area, after which the RV ran through a guardrail and off the road. It traveled down an embankment and came to rest at the bottom.

Two passengers in the RV were pronounced dead at the scene. Several other people were transported to area hospitals by helicopter and ambulance.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck/RV Accident on I-66 in Fauquier County

At this point there aren't many specifics about what happened on the interstate, to say nothing of who or what caused the crash. To get the facts and evidence needed to tell the whole story, investigators must take the necessary time and care to evaluate all the possible factors. Obviously driver mistakes like speeding, inattention, and maybe even impairment have to be accounted for--if only to rule them out--but there are also other issues like low visibility, poor road conditions, or even failures or defects in the vehicles to check into as well.

Getting the full story is always critical, but it's even more important to investigate carefully because the wreck happened in Virginia. It's one of just a few states that use a system of liability called pure contributory negligence, which basically says that if defense can show the victim was even 1% to blame for their own injuries then the case is thrown out. It's not impossible to successfully seek help in those states, but one's case must be airtight.

Lenisha Simon, Brenda Oyervides Killed, Diamond Jonise Injured in RV Crash on I-66 in Fauquier County, VA

That's getting ahead of ourselves, though. First and foremost investigators still need to find out more about the crash and its cause. Hopefully they'll invest the time and care needed to really get to the bottom of things, though after decades of work in this field I have some reservations about how much they'll really invest in getting answers. To make sure the people affected by this wreck get the help they deserve, it may be in their best interests to seek independent help.

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