Woman killed in I-64 crash remembered as devoted mother, avid cheerleader

Photo courtesy Gofundme page

RICHMOND, Va (WAVY) – A Williamsburg woman was killed Sunday morning in a crash in Richmond, according to Virginia State Police.

Shelby L. Pressley, 22, was driving a 2004 Toyota Sequoia, when it ran off the road and struck a barrier wall. The vehicle then flipped off the bridge between the east and westbound span, police said. The vehicle continued down a ravine for about 60 feet. Pressley died at the scene and her boyfriend Joshua Abney was seriously hurt in the crash.

photo courtesy : WRIC
photo courtesy : WRIC

Pressley’s mother, Lisa Matykowski, said her daughter was on her way back from Richmond when the crash happened, and had taken her 2-year-old and 4-month-old trick-or-treating in WIlliamsburg earlier in the night.

“When she left, she said, ‘I love you, Mama’…She was late coming home and so we thought she was just sleeping,” she said.

A fundraising page has already raised $13,000 for the family, and some people from out-of-state have even offered to donate breast milk for her baby, Matykowski said.

“I’m so thankful to everybody and feeling so blessed. I feel like it’s just proof how much everybody just loved her…My daughter was amazing. She could light up the room, just with her smile. She’s beautiful, inside and out,” she said.

Matykowski said Pressley’s children were her world.

“She lived for her babies,” she said.

Pressley also loved cheerleading and competed with Elite Cheer Sensation’s Purple Ladies in Newport News.

“She was a great teammate. All the young women on the team adored her. She was one of the people who everybody would go to when they were feeling bad about things,” said former coach Leeann Teasdale.

Pressley had recently started coaching cheerleading at Queens Lake Middle School.

“She had already made a great impact on the students and she was very well-liked and respected by the students that she worked with,” principal Scott Meadows said.

The family has asked those attending her funeral on Thursday to wear sparkles or pink in her honor.

Police said both people in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts. The crash is still under investigation.

A GoFundMe page for Pressley’s funeral costs has been set up. If you would like to donate, click here. According to the page, any funds raised will go towards funeral costs and any remainder will go to her children.

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