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CAR CRASH KILLS FOUR
Sunday morning crash kills four

If you know any of the victims and would be willing to speak with a reporter, please contact reporter Ellen Biltz. and include your phone number.


Date published: 3/23/2009

BY DONNIE JOHNSTON

Four people were killed early yesterday morning when the car in which they were riding was struck head-on about six miles east of Culpeper on State Route 3.

A fifth person in the car, a 27-year-old man from Fredericksburg, survived the crash, as did the driver of the second vehicle.

The accident occurred about 2:50 a.m. at the beginning of a curve along the only remaining two-lane section of Route 3.

According to state police Sgt. Les Tyler, the 2004 Toyota Corolla in which the five were riding was heading east toward Fredericksburg when it was struck by a 2002 Chevy Tahoe that was on the wrong side of the road.

The Tahoe was driven by 29-year-old Eugene Tyrone Green of Culpeper, the only occupant in the vehicle.

Alcohol was a factor in the crash, Tyler said.

Dead at the scene were 20-year-old Tyler Scott Harlow, the driver of the Corolla; 20-year-old Joseph Lee Sahnow; 19-year-old Tianna V. Jones; and 21-year-old James B. Cook.

Harlow, Sahnow and Jones were all from Greene County, while Cook was from Marshfield, Vt.

The only survivor in the Corolla was 27-year-old Howard John Steiniger of Fredericksburg. He was taken to Mary Washing Hospital and then transferred to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Tyler said. Steiniger was sitting in the right rear seat of the vehicle.

Green also was taken to Mary Washington Hospital, where he is being treated.

Both Green and Steiniger were interviewed by state police investigators, Tyler said.

He added that both front-seat occupants of the Corolla were wearing seat belts, but it is not certain whether the three people in the back seat were buckled up.

No charges have been placed, but the investigation, led by Trooper Brent L. Boggess, is continuing.

Route 3 was closed for about six hours yesterday while a state police accident reconstruction team investigated the scene.

Members of the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office, the Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department, the Culpeper Volunteer Fire Department, the Richardsville Rescue Squad and Culpeper Rescue Company 12 assisted at the scene, Tyler said.

Donnie Johnston:
Email: djohnston@freelancestar.com