Deer-related crash causes tragic Christmas fatality

Virginia State Police Trooper L.G. Pingley is investigating a fatal crash in Nelson County. The crash occurred Dec. 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. on Route 29, a few hundred feet south of Route 617/ Rockfish River Road.

A 2012 Honda Odyssey minivan was traveling north on Route 29 when it struck a deer in the travel lane. The crash investigation has determined that the Honda abruptly stopped due to the impact with the deer. A tractor-trailer traveling behind the minivan was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the minivan.

The driver of the Honda, Michael E. Mack, 44, of Taylorsville, NC, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt. There were four passengers riding in the minivan at the time of the crash:

Shelly K. Mack, 44, of Taylorsville, NC, was wearing a seatbelt and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

8-year-old female passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to UVA Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries on Dec. 25, 2021.

4-year-old male passenger, who was secured in a child safety seat, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

6-year-old male passenger, who was secured in a booster seat, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Hugh D. Powell, 62, of New Britain, CT, was treated at the scene for minor injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt. The tractor-trailer was loaded with 42,000 lbs. of paper.

Charges are pending at this time.

To donate to the GoFundMe campaign that has been set up to help the Mack family and to read more about the 8-year-old girl who lost her life, click here.