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Virginia State Police Investigating Fatal Frederick County Crash

8 May 2017 News


Virginia State Police are investigating two separate crashes that occurred in the early morning of May 6, 2017 within a mile of one another on Interstate 81 in Frederick County.

The first one occurred at 5:30 a.m., and is being investigated by Trooper S.R. Marks. A tractor-trailer was stopped on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes of I-81 at the 306 mile marker when a southbound minivan ran off the right side of the interstate and struck the tractor-trailer.

The driver of the minivan, Jennifer L. Cole, 39, of Woodstock, Va., was transported to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Milen Pepelyankov, 34, of Chicago, Ill., was not injured in the crash. He was charged with improper stopping on a highway.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation with additional charges pending.

While state police were investigating the crash at the 306 mile marker on I-81, a second crash occurred at the 307 mile marker. Virginia State Police Trooper J.T. Hutchinson is investigating the second crash that occurred at 6 a.m. that same day.

As a tractor-trailer crested a hill in the southbound lanes of I-81, it came upon slowed traffic due to the crash at the 306 mile marker. The tractor-trailer was unable to brake in time and rear-ended a 2013 Mercedes Benz. The impact of that crash sparked a chain reaction crash among three other vehicles in the southbound lanes. In the end, there were a total of five vehicles involved in the crash, to include the tractor-trailer.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Carl Paris, 55, of Georgia, was not injured in the crash. But a female passenger in the sleeper part of the cab at the time of the crash was injured and transported to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Mercedes, Mikhail Shmaydiy, 46, of Iowa, and passenger, Timothy Shmaydiy, 12, died at the scene. Timothy was the son of Mikhail .

No one in the other three vehicles was injured.

Paris was charged with reckless driving. The crash remains under investigation.


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