VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Four people including three children have now died as a result of a crash on Sandbridge Road.
MPO Tonya Borman with the Virginia Beach Police Department said the two-vehicle crash happened just before 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of Sandbridge Road. 14-year-old Cheyenne Desire Patricia Gurney was pronounced dead at the scene and 10-year-old Cherish Lailani Gurney died at a local hospital.
Friday, Borman said two others had died as a result of their injuries. Police have identified them as Marlo Teofila Bayot, 38, and Gabriel Kalani Proctor, 13, both of Virginia Beach.
According to MPO James Cason, a 2002 Nissan was carrying seven people when it veered off the roadway, overcorrected and was t-boned by a 2003 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The Nissan was pushed into a southbound ditch and ejected one of the passengers.
Wednesday evening, Sentara spokesman Dale Gauding told WAVY.com five patients under the age of 16 were transported from the crash to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. One of the five was then taken to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
Three adults were transported from the crash to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, two of whom were later transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Gauding said.
Thursday morning, Gauding said there were no patients remaining at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. He was unable to release information about the conditions of the four patients still at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Traffic was redirected near Sandbridge Realty to Dam Neck Naval Base for more than five hours as crews worked the scene.
Katie Keane works at Surf & Adventure near the crash site and said it’s a dangerous stretch of road.
“I did receive multiple text messages right at the time of the accident, around 7:00, making sure everybody was okay,” she said. “When I heard last night, it almost didn’t come as a surprise to me that another accident had happened. We have a really heavy heart about it.”
Shaun Devine lives down the street from where the crash happened and saw the steady stream of emergency vehicles Wednesday night: “It’s just awful. It’s pretty upsetting for anybody to get hurt, but especially kids.”
Public Works Director Phil Davenport said the city has made improvements to Sandbridge Road, but it is limited in what it can do because the road is in a wetlands area.
According to a 2012 report from the Public Works Department, there were 15 run-off-the-road crashes in the last three years. Thirteen of those crashes happened at night. The report said the city made improvements to pavement markings and reflective markers.
Police said the cause of the crash remained under investigation Thursday evening.