On April 14, 2023, at approximately 9:20 a.m., James City County Police and Kingsmill Police responded to a two-vehicle accident on Mounts Bay Road near the intersection with Randolph’s Green. Upon arrival at the scene, the initial assessment determined that a 2021 Hyundai Venue was traveling westbound on Mounts Bay Road when it crossed the center lane and struck a 2016 Honda Civic head-on.
Both vehicles were single occupants, and both drivers required immediate medical attention. The driver of the Venue, 68-year-old Gail Sweeney of James City County, was unresponsive at the scene. Immediately upon arrival, JCCPD and KMPD officers successfully performed CPR and life-saving measures until medical personnel arrived. Sweeney was transported from the scene to the Riverside Regional Hospital in Newport News. Sweeney passed away later that day; the cause and manner of death are under investigation.
The driver of the Civic was also taken to Riverside Regional Hospital and is reported to have non-life-threatening injuries.
Preliminary information suggests that neither speed nor alcohol contributed to this crash, but a medical event may have been the cause. All lanes of Mounts Bay Road were shut down for approximately two hours because of the incident. The crash is still under investigation at this time.
Tayleb Brooks, PR and Special Projects Administrator