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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Charges Filed Related to Multi-Vehicle Crash on Merrimac Trail

James City County Police Department patrol vehicle

On Jan. 6 at 3:53 p.m., officers responded to a four-vehicle crash in the intersection of Merrimac Tail and Penniman Road. The preliminary investigation would reveal that Carrie Ann Yates, 41-year-old female of Quinton, had been at the Speedway convenience Store on 2nd Street in Williamsburg attempting to buy alcohol. The clerk denied the sale because Yates appeared to be intoxicated. As a result, Yates assaulted the clerk. Yates then left the store in a 2001 BMW driving east on Merrimac Trail at a high rate of speed.

As Yates approached the intersection at Penniman Road, she ran a stop light and struck a 1999 Toyota pickup truck. The force of that collision forced the truck into the westbound lanes of Merrimac Trail striking two more vehicles, a 2019 Honda Civic and a 2010 Honda Pilot.

The driver of the Toyota, 53-year-old male of Williamsburg, was airlifted to Riverside Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries where he remains in critical condition on life support. He was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Honda Civic, 22-year-old female of York County, had no visible injuries, but the vehicle had significant damage.

The driver of the Honda Pilot, 53-year-old female of James City County had no visible injuries; however, it was later learned that she had suffered a broken wrist. The vehicle also sustained significant damage.

Yates was transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center by ambulance. After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Yates was charged with DUI at the hospital where she was being treated.

On Jan. 7, Yates was taken into custody by JCCPD for four counts of probation violation out of Henrico County. She was transported to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Yates was further charged today with DUI maiming (felony) and failure to obey a red light and expired registration. She remains at VPRJ where she is being held with no bond.

Because the assault on the clerk at Speedway took place in York County, the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is investigating that incident.

This investigation remains ongoing, and additional charges are expected.

Media contact:
Stephanie Williams, Police Spokesperson
757-592-5618; Stephanie.williams@jamescitycountyva.gov

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