5-month-old killed in fiery Virginia crash

(Photo Courtesy: WAVY)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — An infant was killed in a fiery multi-vehicle crash on I-264 West at Rosemont Road, Monday afternoon.

5-month-old Alegacee Pearl-Bell was in the vehicle with her mother, father and big sister.

According to Virginia State Police, they were in a 2002 Nissan Sentra, traveling on I-264 West when the car broke down in the travel lane. The car was then struck by a 2008 Chevy Silverado, causing the Nissan to spin around and collide with an HRT bus that was not in service.

Photo provided by family members.
Photo provided by family members.

The impact caused the Nissan to catch on fire.

As the car was rapidly engulfed by the fire, a 31-year-old woman, a 28-year-old man and a 2-year-old girl were rescued from the vehicle, but Alegacee died in the fire. Tuesday, family members confirmed 2-year-old Ajournee remains in ICU at CHKD. Their mother, LaTisha Pearl is also still in the hospital; she had her breathing tube removed this morning but remains in ICU. The girls’ father was not seriously injured in the crash.

“My heart goes out to the family, ’cause I’ve never rolled past nothing like that,” said Martika Corbett, who witnessed the aftermath. “The car that was burned looked like it was turned in the opposite direction.”

All westbound lanes were shut down for hours. A detour was in place at Lynnhaven Parkway. Traffic started moving without delays around 7:30 p.m.

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