Coeburn woman charged after deadly crash

A Coeburn woman has been charged after a deadly crash in Wise County over the holiday weekend took the life of a Missouri woman. Virginia State Police is investigating say the crash occurred at 2:48 p.m., Friday (Dec. 23), on Route 58 less than a mile east of Route 72 in the town of Coeburn.

A 2014 Chevrolet Equinox was traveling east on Route 58 when it abruptly stopped in the middle of the highway when it came upon a DUI checkpoint being conducted by the Coeburn Police Department and Wise County Sheriff’s Office. The Chevrolet made an abrupt U-turn and began driving west in the eastbound travel lane. The westbound Chevrolet then struck head-on an eastbound 2007 Dodge Magnum.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Samantha R. Dennis, 36, of Coeburn, Va., was transported by ambulance to Mountain State Hospital where she was treated and released.

The driver of the Dodge, Rebecca W. Starling, 32, of St. Charles, Mo., died at the scene. She was wearing a seatbelt. Two passengers, her 5-year-old daughter was flown by State Police Med-Flight to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening, injuries; and her 2-year-old daughter was transported by ambulance to Norton Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Both girls were secured in child safety seats. They were released from the hospital Sunday night and are now with their father.


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