An Aug. 5 crash in the town of South Boston that left two elderly individuals injured has resulted in two attempted murder charges along with other charges, according to the South Boston Police Department.
The driver of one of the vehicles involved, Valerie Denise Carden, 33, of Hamilton Boulevard in South Boston, faces two charges of attempted murder, two charges of felonious assault with intent to maim, one charge of destruction of property with intent, one charge of hit and run and one charge of reckless driving.
Officers with the James City County Police Department served the warrants for South Boston police on Wednesday.
“Based off of eyewitness accounts, evidence at the scene and other information available, it appears this accident was intentional,” said Lieutenant Randy Redd.
According to the crash report filed by officer J. G. Long, Carden was driving a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe south on Wilborn Avenue close to 7 p.m.
Virginia S. Lowery, 84, of South Boston also was driving south on Wilborn Avenue in a 2010 Honda CR-V.
The report states that Carden’s Hyundai began traveling in the middle turning lane at a high rate of speed, merged into the travel lane and struck Lowery’s Honda in the rear causing the Honda to come to rest at the intersection of Wilborn and Logan Street.
Long’s report says the Hyundai came to rest on Wilborn Avenue south of Logan Street in the northbound lane facing north.
After Carden’s vehicle came to a rest, she existed the vehicle and began fleeing the scene on foot, and after a brief pursuit, was taken into custody by a South Boston police officer.
Lowery, along with her 85-year-old passenger Hugh Irby, were transported to Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital’s emergency room with injuries. Lowery’s injuries were listed as serious on the accident report.
According to Joni Henderson, a spokesperson with Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, Lowery was transported to another medical facility after arriving at Sentara.
She was unable to disclose any further information about Lowery.
Irby was treated and released from the emergency department at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, Henderson said.
Since the collision, South Boston Police have received assistance from the accident reconstruction team and Virginia State Police.
Carden arrived at Halifax County Adult Detention Center in Halifax Wednesday and is currently being held without bond.
Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin confirmed Thursday morning that Carden is set to be in Halifax General District Court on Monday to be advised of her right to counsel. A preliminary hearing is currently set for Nov. 9, she added.
This investigation is ongoing.