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Wrecks claim local woman, MWC lacrosse player
Accidents happen in Stafford, Charlottesville

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Date published: 6/7/2003

Early-morning accidents have claimed the lives of a Spotsylvania County mother and a Mary Washington College student.

Monique E. Adams, 35, of Spotsylvania died yesterday when a car she was riding in with her husband and two small children ran into a tractor-trailer that had broken down on the shoulder of Interstate 95 in Stafford County, state police said.

Aaron Zentgraf, 20, a MWC student, died Thursday when the car he was riding in struck a tree in Charlottesville, police said. A Charlottesville teen also died in the single-vehicle crash.

According to state police Sgt. F.L. Tyler, the Adamses were heading south on I-95 about 1:10 a.m. yesterday. Traffic suddenly slowed just south of State Route 628 in Stafford, Tyler said.

Stanley Adams, the driver, slammed on brakes and went onto the right shoulder of the road, striking the disabled rig with his 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer.

His wife, the front-seat passenger, died in the crash.

Their children, ages 10 years and 20 months, were also in the vehicle, Tyler said. The children and Stanley Adams were treated at the scene for minor injuries and released.

The wreck is still under investigation, Tyler said.

Zentgraf was riding in a Mercedes sports car driven by 19-year-old Ross Brent Pickering when it went out of control about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Capt. Crystal Limerick of the Albemarle County Police Department said.

The car flipped on its roof and slid about 60 feet on the pavement before coming to a stop.

Zentgraf and Pickering, both of Charlottesville, were leaving a party, Limerick said. Both young men died at the scene.

Zentgraf recently completed his first year at Mary Washington College, where he played on the lacrosse team.

The cause of that accident is still under investigation, police said. Both victims were wearing seat belts.

Another accident yesterday morning was not deadly, though it did tie up traffic for a while on U.S. 1 and U.S. 17 in Spotsylvania.

Trooper J.T. Morris said 72-year-old Andy Wright was injured when he turned his moped into the path of a Toyota that was heading north on U.S. 1 and was struck.

Morris said the driver of the Toyota had a green light when Wright tried to make a left turn onto U.S. 17.

Wright was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital. Morris said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.