Staff Report —
Virginia State Police have provided more details on yesterday’s deadly Route 13 crash near Parksley.
Preliminary investigations reveal that a 2021 Toyota Camry, driven by Justin Soeum, 27, of New Hampshire, was traveling at a high rate of speed in the southbound lanes of U.S. Route 13.
“Soeum lost control of his vehicle, ran off the roadway and struck a 2013 Chrysler 200 head-on, causing the Chrysler to flip into the southbound lanes,” said State Police spokesperson Sgt. Michelle Anaya in a press release.
The driver of the Chrysler 200, 44-year-old Angela Marie Kellam, died upon impact. Soeum’s Camry became fully engulfed after impact. Soeum was pulled out by citizens and flown to Norfolk General Hospital.
After the initial crash, the driver of a 2003 Yamaha motorcycle, traveling in the southbound lanes, laid his motorcycle down (intentionally sliding low on the motorcycle to stop) and struck the Chrysler. Two other motorcyclists traveling in the southbound lanes laid their motorcycles down but did not strike any other vehicles.
The three motorcyclists all suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and were transported to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.
Next of kin has been notified for Angela Marie Kellam, of the 26000 block of Mitchell Road, Bloxom.
The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending, Anaya said.