William Goode Jr. of Norfolk died late Dec. 30 on Interstate 295 near Richmond when his car was struck by a driver going the wrong way.
Goode, 51, was traveling with his 8-year-old daughter, WTVR-TV of Richmond reported. The girl, Alicia, suffered a broken leg, cuts, bruises and other injuries.
The pair were in Goode’s 1992 Cadillac DeVille headed north on I-295 in Hanover County when they were struck by a 1999 Dodge Ram driving south in the northbound lanes, the television station said.
The crash happened about a quarter-mile south of the Pole Green Road exit, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said.
The truck was driven by Nicholas R. Sickal, 19, of Barhamsville. Sickal was taken to VCU Medical Center. Police told the newspaper that his injuries were serious but not life-threatening. Charges against Sickal are pending, and alcohol was allegedly involved.
WTVR reported that this isn’t the first tragedy visited on Alicia; her mother died of breast cancer two years ago.
“She was screaming ‘No, no, this isn’t true,’” an aunt, Darlene Fabry, told WTVR. “Alicia was wondering why God took him from her.”
The I-295 crash was the second on Wednesday involving a wrong-way driver on an interstate.
"If alcohol was involved, that's a preventable death,” Martha Meade of AAA Mid-Atlantic said on WTVR. “You must pay attention when on the road. If you come on to an on-ramp the wrong way, those reflectors on the road are going to be red. So, if you see those bright red reflectors on both sides of the roadway, stop."