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Pedestrian Dies after being Struck by Van

Posted: Updated: Nov 30, 2012 10:01 AM EST

A woman hit by a van earlier this week has died.  Police say on Tuesday, 75-year-old Dolores Kostelni of Lexington was walking across a street in Albemarle County when a van failed to yield and hit her.  

The accident happened at the intersection of Putt-Putt Place and East Rio Road. The driver of the van, Wayne Craft of Keene, was making a right turn onto East Rio Road when police say he hit Kostelni.

Kostelni  died Thursday night. She was being treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center after the Tuesday accident.

Craft has been charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian.

According to the Albemarle County Police Department, 13 pedestrians have been injured so far this year in the county.  

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles says one pedestrian has been killed every year in the county from 2006 to 2011.


Albemarle County Police Department
News Release

The pedestrian hit in the crash at Putt-Putt Place and East Rio Road on Tuesday, November 13th, has died from the injuries she sustained in that crash. 75-year-old Dolores Kostelni, from Lexington, Va., died on Thursday night from her injuries.

The crash took place at 3:14 p.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of Putt-Putt Place and East Rio Road. Kostelni was crossing Putt-Putt Place when she was hit by a 2004 Ford Cargo Van. The van was making a right turn onto East Rio Road.

The driver of the van, Wayne David Craft of Keene, Va., has been charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian. The charge is a traffic infraction.

This marks the 12th fatal crash this year in Albemarle County. Nine fatalities have been investigated by the Albemarle County Crash Reconstruction Team and three were investigated by Virginia State Police. In 2011, we had a total of 21 fatal crashes in Albemarle County.

Carter Johnson
Public Information Officer

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