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Falling Tree Leads To Fatal Vehicle Crash

Colonial National Historical Park

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A collision with a tree along the Colonial Parkway resulted in the death of a vehicle's passenger and serious injuries to its driver on the afternoon of February 19th. Preliminary investigation indicates that the eastbound Buick Lacrosse was struck by a falling tree near the Jamestown end of the parkway just before 1 p.m. It then left the roadway and struck a standing tree head-on. Passenger Lavera Pittman, 84, of Hammond, Louisiana, died at the scene; her husband, Iddo Pittman, 85, was extricated by units from the Williamsburg Fire Department and transported to Riverside Hospital by a LifeEvac helicopter. The Williamsburg area was experiencing strong winds at the time of the accident.  Newport News Williamsburg International Airport recorded wind speeds of 22 miles per hour in the afternoon, with gusts of up to 37 miles per hour. Colonial NHP and the James City County Police Department are continuing their investigation of the crash.



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