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Driver not wearing seatbelt dies after two-vehicle crash in Botetourt County

Rebecca Barnabi
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Virginia State Police is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Botetourt County yesterday afternoon which resulted in a fatality.

The crash occurred at 4:56 p.m. on Route 220, eight tenths of a mile north of Locus Bottom.

When a 2019 Honda Pilot failed to yield the right-of-way and entered the southbound lanes of Route 220 from a private drive, the vehicle was struck by a 2012 Nissan Sentra which was traveling south on Route 220.

Kristen O. Chaplin, 34, of Clifton Forge, who was driving the Honda, was wearing her seatbelt and was transported to a local hospital for injuries received in the crash.

The driver of the Nissan, however, was not wearing his seatbelt. Christopher Allen McCoy, 37, of Covington died at the scene.

Chaplin was charged with Reckless Driving.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.