A Williamsburg man is dead after an early-morning wreck Wednesday on Interstate 64 in New Kent County.
Charles E.S. Garrett, 27, died after the 2006 Honda Civic he was driving became wedged under a tractor-trailer, according to a news release from Virginia State Police.
Shortly after 5:20 a.m., New Kent Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a crash in the eastbound lanes of Intersate 64 near exit 214, New Kent Fire Chief Rick Opett said.
Witnesses told police the Honda driver had been weaving in and out of traffic and traveling at a high rate of speed before it struck the tractor trailer carrying 16,000 pounds of paper, state police said.
The driver of the tractor trailer thought a tire had blown and pulled over, then realized he had been struck by a car, police said. First responders later found the Honda with substantial damage underneath the 2015 Freightliner tractor trailer, the fire chief said.
Garrett was the only passenger in the car and wasn't wearing a seat belt, police said. Paramedics determined he was dead upon arrival. No one else was injured in the collision, Opett said.
The fire chief said the New Kent rescue team called the state Medical Examiner's Office, and once the medical examiner arrived on scene and confirmed the fatality, the fire crew extricated Garrett from the car.
Five fatal crashes over the Christmas holiday weekend killed one pedestrian, one moped operator and three drivers on Virginia’s highways, according to a news release from state police.
The deaths occurred in Bedford and Surry counties, and the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Richmond. Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the five fatal crashes..
As of Dec. 28, preliminary reports indicate 732 individuals have died in traffic crashes statewide; compared to 694 same date in 2014, state police reported.
Reporter Ryan McKinnon contributed to this report.