PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A tragic crash on the interstate ripped a family apart this weekend. A 3-year-old girl’s mother is dead, and her father is behind bars.
Andrew Lovell, 23, of Portsmouth was driving a 2001 Ford Focus eastbound on I-264 when he tried to avoid another vehicle, lost control and flipped the car, according to a spokesperson for the Virginia State Police.
Three people sitting in the backseat were thrown from the car. Lovell’s girlfriend, 23-year-old Krystal Floyd, died at the scene. Paramedics took the other passengers to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with major injuries.
“This has to be a mistake,” said Floyd’s best friend Michelle Settles, “This has to be a dream.”
It is a nightmare for Floyd’s family and friends.
“It is going to be a rough storm to get through,” Floyd’s father Richard added.
Floyd was out with friends Saturday night. She was in the car with her boyfriend and was not wearing a seat belt. She was thrown from the car.
“This could have all been prevented,” Floyd said.
“It’s been the worst thing I ever had to experience in my life. We were best friend for 14 years,” Settles added.
Lovell was charged with involuntary manslaughter and DUI.
His mom told 10 On Your Side the man you see in the mug shot, isn’t the man she knows. She said he just made a life changing mistake. Floyd’s family doesn’t see it that way.
“Everybody is saying it is an accident, but I don’t think it was,” Settles said. “I think if you go behind the wheel drinking and driving, you should pay up to what you’ve done and do time.”
Lovell is still in jail. He will have a court appearance Tuesday morning.
Floyd’s family is preparing her funeral and have started a page to help pay for the cost.