UPDATE: Route 58 crash claims Hampton woman

Published 9:21 am Monday, December 1, 2008

A 49-year-old Hampton woman was killed Sunday in a single-car accident along U.S. Route 58, according to Virginia State Police.

Iris A. Rivera was a passenger in the front seat of a red 2001 Ford Escape driven by her 33-year-old daughter. The daughter lost control of the car, hydroplaned, ran off the road and hit a tree, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Cotten.

The accident occurred in the eastbound lanes of Route 58, about 200 feet east of the highway’s intersection with Popes Station Road between Capron and Courtland.

The driver and her daughter, 7, who was a passenger in the back seat, were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and received minor injuries. Cotten said Rivera was not wearing her seat belt and was thrown across the inside of the car but was not ejected.

Cotten said the driver and her daughter were transported to Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, treated and released. Rivera was dead when rescue personnel arrived on the scene.

The day after the accident, a pair of muddy tire tracks sloped down from the highway to the edge of the woods. Broken glass littered the scene and was encrusted along the side of a small tree. A blue air freshener in the shape of a leaf sat atop a wet pile of leaves. The vehicle’s front grill, complete with the blue oval Ford logo, was further back in the woods, along with a headlight. A pair of woman’s shoes, size 9 wide, sat soles upward in the mud.

“I think if (Rivera) were wearing her seat belt, she would have survived,” Cotten said.

Cotten said alcohol was not a factor in the crash and no charges would be filed.