Update: Woman charged with murder in fatal Wise County crash

COEBURN, Va. (WYMT) - One woman is dead after a crash in southwest Virginia that also sent her two young daughters to the hospital. Another woman is now charged with murder.

Rebecca W. Starling, 32, of St. Charles, Mo., died at the scene.

The wreck happened around 2:45 p.m. Friday on Route 58 less than a mile east of Route 72 in Coeburn.

Samantha R. Dennis, 36, of Coeburn, was driving west in the eastbound lane on Route 58 trying to make a U-turn when the crash happened, Virginia State Police said.

Dennis, who was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox, slammed head-on into a 2007 Dodge Magnum driven by Starling, police said.

Dennis made the abrupt U-turn in an attempt to evade a DUI checkpoint, police said.

Starling's five-year-old daughter was flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

Her two-year-old daughter was transported by ambulance to Norton Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Starling and her kids were all wearing seat belts, police said. Both girls were secured in child safety seats.

Dennis was taken by ambulance to Mountain State Hospital, where she was treated and released into police custody. She is being held without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.

According to the Bristol Herald Courier, Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp said Dennis has been charged with felony murder and felony elude.



 
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